City Officials, Religious Leaders Want Mayor To Obey Court On Religion And Schools

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – This week, a federal judge ruled that, for now, the city has to allow private religious groups to rent school space for services.

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City Councilman Fernando Cabrera says it isn’t happening.

“Not one church has been given permission from the Board of Ed. to be there this Sunday,” he said in front of City Hall on Friday.

Public Advocate Bill De Blasio had this message for Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “I hope that neither he nor anyone at the Department of Education thinks they can ignore this court order, cause it’s crystal clear.”

“There can be no game playing about Sunday. These houses of worship have a right to be there,” he added.

The city’s law department released this statement on Friday: “As you know, we are seeking an immediate review from the Second Circuit. In the meantime, DOE will consider applications to hold services this weekend in accordance with normal procedures set forth in Chancellor’s Regulation D-180. DOE is processing permit applications as expeditiously as possible.”

In the meantime, religious leaders like Salvador Savino say they are going to make themselves crystal clear this weekend.

“We are going to worship the lord this next Sunday, even if it’s in the sidewalk, which is our right,” he said.

“We’re asking for the same rights everyone else has and we’re also asking for the same respect,” said Rick Del Rio, who runs a church on the Lower East Side.

Where do you stand? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • The Realist

    Still waiting for an answer…

    What is the new Official Religion of the NYC school system (and thus of the City itself)? What punishment awaits those who follow non-official religions?

  • Winston Smith

    You’re right! Get ANY mention of ANYTHING Christian or Biblical OUT OF THE PUBLIC EYE! All of the towns and cities whose names begin with “San”, “Santa”, “Saint” or any derivative MUST be changed lest they be accused of “establishing religion” – likewise cities like Corpus Christie TX (Body of Christ), Bethany OK, Bethlehem PA and over 200 other towns and cities named DIRECTLY out of the Judaeo/Christian Scripture ( Now, don’t get me started on STREET NAMES! And don’t forget the Greek and Roman deities “Saturn”, the “Sun”, “the Moon”, “Tieu”, “Woden”, “Thor”, “Frigga”, “Janus”, “Febris”, “Mars” and “Juno” who are honored (established) by every calendar in the Western world!

    • Winston Smith

      (Silly, isn’t it?)

    • Winston Smith

      For the love of Pete! The City has a “Product”: “vacant rooms” – A [Church] group is a “CUSTOMER”! If a clerk at McDonald’s sells a hamburger to a Skinhead does that mean that McDonald’s advocates Naziism?

  • AuntTootzToldMe

    I think street sweeper ammo might change their minds!!!

  • The Realist

    So… What is the new Official Religion of the NYC school system (and thus of the City itself)? What punishment awaits those who follow non-official religions?

  • Russ H.

    This is the same Mayor who had the term limit law changed to suit him.

  • denise hykes

    so the mayor is above the law? wow! what a great example you and the department of education are setting for our public school children — so does this mean the next time they don’t agree with a rule they don’t have to follow it?

    • AuntTootzToldMe

      Keep religion IN churches and OUT of school houses!!!

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