Should the Government Use Churches for Public Events?

The Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether the government can be barred from using churches for public events.

The case began in 2009, when two Wisconsin schools were sued by Americans United for Separation of Church and State for using a church, which was the best location, for graduation. That was in spite of the fact that no prayer or religious references were included in the ceremonies.

Attorney Luke Goodrich of The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty now tells OneNewsNow the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the schools' use of the church unconstitutional. So the case is now under the consideration of the nation's high court.

"This case would have a huge impact nationwide. Public schools across the country hold graduations and other events in churches all the time," he notes. "It also implicates other government uses of church property, whether for using churches as polling places, as food distribution centers, or even just places of public meeting."

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Charlie Butts
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