Legal Alliance Wins Court Order Allowing Churches To Continue Worshiping In NYC Public Schools

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A legal alliance of Christian lawyers says it has won a court order allowing churches to continue meeting in New York City public schools while a federal court more fully considers Constitutional arguments about the practice.

The temporary restraining order is in effect for 10 days, which means those churches can hold services in schools for the next two Sundays.

The Alliance Defense Fund says it sought the order earlier this month to stop the evictions based on violations of the First Amendment that had not been ruled on previously in the case.

New York City had upheld a court ruling barring churches from holding services inside public schools.

Last year, the city announced congregations would have to stop using public schools for services starting Feb. 12, but religious groups would still be allowed to rent schools for discussions and instruction.

Bills are pending in the State Legislature and City Council that would reverse the ban.

  • Cyndy P

    What is truly ironic is that the NY Schools rent space FROM churches to house public school students! If you truly want freedom it has to go both ways you have to let whoever rent not just the Boy Scouts or Labor Unions.

    What’s more, while Mayor Michael Bloomberg will forbid religious organizations from leasing out schools under the rubric of “separation of church and state,” it turns out that the Department of Education itself rents out religious facilities to house public schools. P.S. 133 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, for instance, leases a Catholic institution that is run by St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

    “Talk about hypocrisy,” notes Lorence. “The kids in P.S. 133 go everyday to a building with crosses on it and that doesn’t bother them [Education bureaucrats]. But what bothers them is a three-hour stint on Sunday mornings of a church being there.”

  • AuntTootzToldMe

    All the more power to the government. Cancel the church exemption from paying taxes for any religious orgamization that refuses to support the rights of ALL people!

  • The Realist

    Which Christian denomination will be established as the Official Religion of the NYC School System (and thus of the City itself) to the absolute exclusion of all other religions?

  • Abner

    To NY Girl,
    Do you think you could comfortably worship in your religion in Iran? That’s what happens when government is not separated from religion and why the Constitution insisted on a separation.

    • The Realist

      When religion starts to control government, government gains complete control over religion. Does “NY Girl” really want that?

  • pugphan

    Yo NY goil, me seniments eggxakly! But Divine Justice has been wagging war on
    us for a few years now. ! It’s freedom of religion now from religion. People need to wake up. smokersodysseycom

  • NYGirl

    Isn’t this ridiculous that a church can’t hold a meeting at a school? With all the problems this world has and this is an issue? It really is sickening that we have so many dead-men walking. The devil is here people making war on GOD – stay strong and fight!

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