School Board To Cover Religious Symbols At N.J. High School Graduation

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Graduates at a Jersey shore high school will follow a different path as they continue a nearly 70-year tradition after the district reached a compromise with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Neptune Township graduation will take place at the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium, but the school board has agreed to cover religious symbols and students and guests will enter through side and back doors to avoid a 20-foot cross on the building in the religious enclave.

A person had complained to the ACLU about religious references and Christian iconography in the 19th century building.

ACLU communications director Katie Wang told the Asbury Park Press the group is satisfied the district has taken steps for all to enjoy the graduation “without feeling like outsiders based on religious differences.”

Do you agree with the ACLU-school board compromise in this case? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • avance

    Silly. We can’t erase our country’s history, nor should we want to. There are lots of offensive things in history, and sometimes those ideas are manifested in our architecture.

    Should women be offended that the US Constitution, on display in the Smithsonian, reads “all men are created equal”? No, it was a different time, and you don’t learn anything about how far we’ve come if you cover it up. Silly.

  • Dale Auburn

    To those who disagree with the decision, I ask:

    – What should be the Official Religion of this PUBLIC SCHOOL district?

    – Who should enforce the Official Religion of this PUBLIC SCHOOL district?

    – What should be the punishment for any PUBLIC SCHOOL student who follows a non-official religion (or none at all)?

  • Mrs F

    the building is what the building is. If you don’t like the decor, don’t rent it.

  • Doug Rose

    The Graduates should tape a CROSS to the top of their Mortar Boards…..everyone in the audience will see !
    Students………show your Pride and True Beliefs !

  • pugphan

    How about the rights of the majority? smokersodysseycom

  • remo

    I always ask myself, “wht would Jesus do?” What would He say. He always has the answer.

    • Mike

      He would say… Who owns the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium? Shame on the owner… Shame on the education system and shame on the reader to not fight to the death over this.

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  • jerseyjoey

    Just yet another example of why muslims should be culled at birth.

    • KPMc

      You’re so stupid and prejudiced you think it was Muslims that complained? I’ll bet my last dollar it was some religion-hating atheist with too much time and not enough to do on their hands.

  • Earl Brunner

    This isn’t about religion, it’s about having a large facilty to accommodate the graduation. The decision to take this case just reveals further the ACLU’s prejudice against the Judaeo-Christian tradition that has guided this nation’s principles through the years. Regarding the establishment clause, I believe it ends something like this regarding religion: “nor restricting the practice thereof”. If there were in the vicinity an atheist auditorium with a large capacity, I see nothing wrong with holding it there. What say you, ACLU?

    • Michael H.

      What, my good sir, would constitute an “atheist auditorium”?

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