Texas school district to stop using church for graduation

I wonder what under-handed deals were being made between church and school district officials in order to arrange graduation ceremonies at the church’s venue. More than likely there was a significant amount of money changing hands. TGO

Refer to brief story below. Source: Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas-area district has decided to stop renting a nondenominational megachurch for high school graduation amid concerns about separation of church and state.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas raised questions about use of The Potter’s House.

The Dallas Morning News reported Monday that the Irving school district in 2012 will no longer use the church led by Bishop T.D. Jakes.

The district, since 2004, has held its graduation ceremony at the worship facility and event center, which seats several thousand people.

Next month’s graduation ceremony will go on as planned at The Potter’s House. Leasing the complex will cost the district nearly $65,000 for the venue, parking and video streaming.

School official Lane Ladewig says the district is not promoting religion.

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