USA Today (my favorite colorful paper with no big words) has an article today about holding public graduation ceremonies in churches and the impact on the separation of Church & State. Public Schools are seeking out larger sanctuaries for graduations because 1) They’re large enough — much bigger than even the school gym and 2) They’re relatively cheap. Also, many Sanctuaries have the added benefit of not smelling like the school gym.
I can see how some people might be offended to have their graduation in a dedicated religious building. I don’t know if I would have felt comfortable in some places for the same kind of reasons. Then again, if a Church does a good job of offering its place as a service to the community, that’s pretty great ministry. Either way, it’s coming to a head according to some sources familiar with the ACLU’s stance on the whole deal.
You can read about it here.