January 9, 2012

New York to Be a City Without Churches?

Kelly Boggs, Baptist Press

First, the New York City Department of Education banned churches from renting space in public schools. Now the Big Apple's Housing Authority has followed suit and told a Christian church that it will no longer be able to rent space in a federally funded housing project.

In early December, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case of Bronx Household of Faith v. Department of Education of New York City. In this particular case -- an appeal from the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals -- Gotham's public school system was granted the constitutional right to bar churches from renting space in public schools for worship services during non-school hours.

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TAGGED: First Amendment, Churches, New York City

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