Enfield’s Board of Education has decided to hold this year’s high school graduation ceremonies in a local Christian church, and face a possible lawsuit. WNPR’s Diane Orson reports.
Enfield High School and Enrico Fermi High School held their graduation ceremonies at “The First Cathedral” in Bloomfield in the past. First Cathedral is a large evangelical megachurch with religious iconography including five large Christian crosses and a banner that reads “Jesus Christ is Lord”.
Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State threatened to sue Enfield and other school districts that used the space, if they refused to move graduation ceremonies to a secular location. Most districts agreed to find new venues. But this week, Enfield’s school board voted to return their high school graduation ceremonies to First Cathedral. They say the cost of renting the church is significantly less than renting other large facilities. An ACLU spokesman says the organization will announce how it plans to proceed in the coming days.
For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.