When the ladies of the Winsconsin Zion United Methodist Church showed up at the Chippewa County Courthouse to sell their baked goods as a fund-raiser, little did they know that cupcakes would be a violation of the constitution. Their fliers were taken down and they were told they could no longer sell at the courthouse, something they've done for many years. Who would have thought cookies are an establishment of religion.
The County Administrator Bill Reynolds was apologetic, "I'm not anti-bake sale; unfortunately, it's one of those calls I had to make. I feel like the 'Grinch Who Stole Christmas,' but it's my job."
"People wield the phrase (separation of church and state) with a hammer, and it's just not that cut and dried," was the response of Steve Scott's, spokesman for the church. In this case, it was the church wielding bakery goods.
Church bake sale separated from state in Chippewa Falls