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Church Opens In New Location Following Public School Ban

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Bronx Household Of Faith Building Project (credit: http://www.bhof.org/index.html)

Bronx Household Of Faith Building Project (credit: http://www.bhof.org/index.html)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Abundant Life Church will open at a new location on Sunday. The church was one of 60 that were recently forced out of city school buildings.

Reverend Assemblyman Karim Camara, will lead the ribbon cutting ceremony at the church’s new location at the Hope City Empowerment Center in Prospect Heights.

“We are grateful that a door closed, led to another door opening. Moving to Prospect Heights is a great opportunity for this young ministry. We set out from the beginning to be a multi-ethnic church which bridged cultural divides, and this neighborhood is the perfect location to fulfill that vision,” Camara said.

The New York City Department of Eduacation made the move to ban religious worship in public school buildings after the Supreme Court refused to hear “Bronx Household of Faith vs. New York City Department of Education”.

The decision by the BOE prohibits religious groups from using public school space as of Sunday, February 12, 2012. New York City is currently the only city that bans Houses of Worship from meeting in public spaces.

What do you think of the city’s decision to ban religious groups from meeting in public schools? You may comment below…

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