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Monday, 30 March 2015

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Pastors in 20-year-old case call for NYC Mayor to fulfill promise to change policy barring churches from public schools

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For 20 years, Pastors Jack Roberts and Bob Hall of the Bronx Household of Faith have fought for the right to rent an empty space in their local New York City public school for their weekly worship services. It didn't seem like such an outrageous request, but the New York City Board of Education made it clear—people can rent the spaces during non-school hours for just about any community event–except worship services.
Today, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case. The 2-1 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in favor of the city will now go into effect. As a result, the fate of Bronx Household of Faith and other churches in New York City that meet in public school facilities rests in the hands of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
This is the same mayor who promised during his campaign to reverse the policy, but he has not yet done so. Unless swift action is taken to amend the current city policy to grant churches equal access to public school buildings, Bronx Household of Faith and others will soon find themselves homeless.