Ted Klumb is a Commercial and Residential Real Estate agent with First Weber and CEO/Founder of TKOR, LLC property management (www.tedklumb.com). He lives and works in Menomonee Falls, is a graduate of UWM, and is married with two children. Ted is also a former member of the Menomonee Falls School Board, a faith development music teacher, and musician who’s enthusiasm far exceeds his talent.
Elmbrook district sued over plans to hold graduation in church
From Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel: http://www.jsonline.com/news/waukesha/43455537.html
"A group that advocates for separation of church and state on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block the Elmbrook School District from holding high school graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State had warned the Elmbrook district in February that it likely would take legal action if the district did not move upcoming graduation ceremonies from the large Town of Brookfield church to a secular location." OY!!
The Superintendent, Matt Gibson, said he has no plans to change the graduation venue. Bravo! This is a great and brave decision. People's rights are being denied by less than a handful, who have a right to their opinion, but not the right to trample others because they feel uncomfortable.
Lawsuits like this create a dangerous precedent for everyone, especially other communities and school districts. If you roll over, they get bolder and wackier, and they come after you for something even more ridiculous. If more people took them to task, their financial resources would be depleated and become powerless. Surrender, and you help their fundraising and "self esteem."
What if the citizens of Elmbrook could leverage the legal system and collectively sue this group, and the individuals who filed this frivolous lawsuit? You hate to see school district money wasted on legal fees, but if you fight these perpetually offended nimrods,* they seek weaker prey to go after, like New Berlin who weaseled out of having their graduation at Elmbrook Church. No profile in courage there. In the long run you actually save money, and preserve your freedom, when these groups and individuals sue other districts who lay down. I would encourage other communities to support Elmbrook School District any way they can. If they have a legal defense fundraiser, I am there.
From JSOnline: The suit was filed on behalf of an Elmbrook graduating senior, current and former district students and several parents in the district.
Five parents and four students are listed as plaintiffs in the suit under pseudonyms of Doe to protect them from "social ostracism, economic injury, governmental retaliation, and even physical harm," the suit says.
What?! They didn't include alien abduction?
So 9 people, and an out of state organization, want to inconvenience thousands, just because the feel "uncomfortable." but don't have the courage of their convictions to do anything but hide behind the legal system.
It is not my intention to desecrate The Bible but I would recommend that Elmbrook "turn the other cheek."
In this instance, I am referring to the scene in Braveheart where the Scots lift their kilts (and their behinds) toward their enemy.
*Biblical term-no apology