The And School Promotion And Graduation Ceremonies

1194 Words Jun 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout history, it has been questioned frequently to what extent is there religious freedom in this country and what constitutes a violation in the First Amendment. In a recent court case, it has been questioned whether a middle school promotion and high school graduation should be allowed to be held in a church. The school could not hold the promotion and graduation ceremonies because the auditorium was found to be holding high levels of unhealthy chemicals from paint and this was also found at the middle and high school’s gyms and cafeterias.The school decided that the best option would be to hold the promotion and graduation at an alternate indoor location, a Church. The Church is the most appealing location to the school because it is a large enough location to seat all of the people who want to attend, plenty of parking and there will also be no interference of weather implications. However, the holding of the ceremonies in the church has brought forth the question whether it is constitutional or not. As proven through the Lemon v. Kurtzman (1971), Engel v. Vitale (1962), Lee v. Weisman (1992), Santa Fe Independent School District v Doe (2000) and the Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow (2004) court cases, it has proven that the holding of the ceremonies in Church will be held constitutional. During the year 1971, there were two cases that involved controversies over laws in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. In Pennsylvania, there was a law that statute was…
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