He said the board should be cognizant of the minority of students who might be Christian rather recognizing the majority.
"A decision that discriminates against even one person is not the correct decision," Feinstein said.
Other speakers supported holding the graduations in the church, pointing out the cost is only $2,000 for five graduation ceremonies. Board attorney Thomas Roach provided information that showed the rent for other spaces that can accommodate 5,000 or more people would cost $40,000.
Greg Mikszan from Canton said the ceremony was not about religion or discrimination; it was about reserving the best facility in the county at a reasonable price.
"We as a community should never allow outside organization intimidate us," Mikszan said to loud applause.
Barry W. Lynn, executive director f0r Americans United for Separation of Church and State, said in a phone interview that his organization had sued school systems in Connecticut and Wisconsin over the same issue. The group lost one case and won the other, and both cases have been appealed.
If Cherokee County moved ahead with the graduation at the church, "We would have to take that very seriously," Lynn said.
Board member Janet Read said delaying the decision until the new board members are seated was the right thing to do.
"They are the ones who will be fighting the battle or not fighting the battle going forward," said Read, who will remain on the board in January.