Graduation Ceremonies In a Church?

Gibson says that both schools are constructing improved gymnasiums that will have similar amenities as the church and are to be completed well before the next year's graduations.

"We've stated to people that we'll be moving the graduations back on campus in 2010," said Gibson.

Jay Sekulow, the chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative civil liberties law firm that is dedicated to protecting religious freedoms, said that this is the first lawsuit of this kind that he's seen, despite the fact that many public high schools nationwide have traditionally used church property for graduation ceremonies.

Sekulow said that he believes American United's lawsuit is "ridiculous" and that constitutionally, there is no problem holding the graduation in a church.

"If this was a worship service for a public school then clearly there would be a problem," said Sekulow. "But it's not, a school is just using it for convenience."

"To those who say they're uncomfortable they're in a free country," said Sekulow. "They're going to see and hear things that they don't like, that's the price of freedom."

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