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November 18, 2005

Church wins court battle against government schools

From WorldNetDaily...

After 10 years of legal battles, a federal court ensured a Bronx church has the right to rent space at a public school for its Sunday worship meetings.

The congregation's attorney, Jordan Lorence, hailed the decision as "the biggest victory for equal access cases in two decades."

Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a permanent injunction yesterday barring the Board of Education of the City of New York from refusing to rent space to the Bronx Household of Faith....

In her opinion [pdf file], Preska said the board's position that its policy against the church "does not amount to unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination is astonishing in light of the Supreme Court's clear holding in Good News Club." ...

"Almost everyone in America but the public school system of New York City understands that the government doesn't endorse everything it allows," [The congregation's attorney and senior council for the Alliance Defense Fund, Jordan] Lorence said.

The tragedy, though, is that the church had to fight such a protracted legal battle in the first place. There needs to be some sort of consequences for government officials that abuse their control over taxpayers' money by using it to fund losing legal battles in transparent attempts to silence ideas they personally disagree with.

Links: Bronx Household of Faith, Alliance Defense Fund, New York Board of  anti-Christian bigotry...er...I mean  “Education”

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 18, 2005 07:36 AM

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