A column about history, culture, policy, and things in between.
In his prime Mel Brooks was the mad scientist of comedy, and one of two people who could absolutely un-hinge Johnny Carson on the old Tonight Show. I remember one night when Brooks had Carson so helplessly convulsed with laughter, that the show's producers had to cut to commercial to allow Johnny time to compose and re-oxygenate himself.
In Brooks' film The History of the World, he spoofs a variety of characters, including France's Louis XIV. In a scene from the movie Louis flirts with a bevy of court beauties, at one point glancing bemusedly at the camera and claiming, "It's good to be the King".
As has been noted y Brookfield Now, the School District of Elmbrook has informed Americans United for hthe Separation of Church and State that the graduation ceremonies for its two High Schools will, as planned, be held at Elmbrook Church.
As a follow up to the specific issue of potential litigation against our School District over the question of where the people of our community will be "allowed" to hold its graduation ceremonies, I want to explore the larger question of Church and State. Talk of lawsuits and passionate political beliefs is serious stuff, and if we are to debate the Constitutionality of such questions, I believe we should be equally serious about attempting to understand the intent of those who actually wrote that document.