The Cherokee County School District in Georgia was considering holding their graduation at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock — out of “tradition.” And because the church was cheaper than other venues.
(Don’t worry, though. They’ll cover up the cross. See? How could anyone be offended then?)
Also, while I haven’t been able to verify this, one reader told me:
[The] pastor came on with a nice “Come to church and meet Jesus” video message just before the actual event.
If that’s accurate, this is not simply a church offering a cheaper venue without trying to increase membership. They want to use the service to preach their message.
Last night, the school district finally made a decision regarding what to do.
The Cherokee County school board is keeping graduation ceremonies for Cherokee County high school students at First Baptist Church of Woodstock even if it means a legal battle.
The board on Thursday night unanimously voted to continue holding its graduations at the county’s largest facility, leading to standing ovations.
Twelve people spoke in favor of using the church, the majority of which were students from county high schools. No one spoke against.
They can have all the standing ovations they want. If Americans United decides to go ahead with the lawsuit, the school board stands to lose far more money than if they just paid for a secular venue.
(Thanks to Chris for the link)