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Supreme Court Right To Skip Wisc. Graduation-In-Church Case, Says Americans United

June 16, 2014

A denial of cert (meaning the Supreme Court declined to hear the case) came out today (6/16/2014).

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement that it will not hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling striking down a Wisconsin school district’s use of an evangelical megachurch to hold commencement ceremonies.

“There was no need for the U.S. Supreme Court to take this case,” said Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The matter was resolved correctly by the court of appeals. This case should serve as a warning to public schools that it’s not appropriate to hold important ceremonies like graduation in a religious setting.”

Justices Scalia and Thomas dissented on the denial of cert, which gives a pretty clear indication of what their ruling would have been on the case, and explains how they intend to rule on any future separation of Church and State issue. Not exactly a surprise, but it does signal that they intend to leverage Greece v. Galloway to the hilt in order to gut any separation cases.

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