The U.S. Supreme on Monday ducked a fight over government and religion.
The court declined to take up a challenge involving a decision by the Elmbrook School district in suburban Milwaukee to conduct high school graduation ceremonies in the auditorium of an evangelical Christian church, after finding that school gymnasiums were too small and too hot.
Although the ceremonies themselves contained no religious content, religious symbols remained in the auditorium. Some current and former students and their parents sued, claiming they felt uncomfortable and unwelcome in the setting. A federal appeals court ruled in their favor, finding that holding school events in a church conveys a message of government endorsement of religion.