Where We Live: The Enfield Graduation Debate
Enfield Schools to hold graduation ceremonies in a Bloomfield church.
This spring, 481 students will graduate from two Enfield high schools. But they won’t receive their diplomas on school grounds, instead, they’ll graduate in Baptist church in Bloomfield.
The ACLU has sued the Enfield School district, saying the practice would violate the First Amendment rights of the graduates and their families---by communicating a message of favoritism for Christianity. School officials, meanwhile, say the practice is a cost-effective plan, not designed to promote religion.
It’s not clear when the case will go to trial, but in the meantime, the ACLU has asked for a temporary injunction on behalf of the anonymous plaintiffs they represent. If granted, the injunction would halt the current commencement plans. With no backup in place, will graduating seniors be caught in between?
Today, a discussion about the First Amendment, religious freedom, and the role of symbols in public life. Join us---What do you think about a public school rite-of-passage taking place in a religious space? Totally offensive? Or no big deal?
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