An appeals court in New York City on Thursday ruled that the Board of Education was abiding by the law in prohibiting the Bronx Household of Faith from using public school facilities for worship services during off-hours.

The 2-1 vote, a reversal of a 2012 injunction against the city, comes amid a decades-long battle between church leaders and city officials. The plaintiff’s attorneys say they are considering appealing, once more, to the Supreme Court.

Robert Hall, pastor of the Bronx Household of Faith, said he was “very sad” about the court’s decision, according to the New York Daily News.

“This is about our rights. There seems to be an increasing attempt to marginalize Christianity in civilization,” added Hall.

The Court of Appeals’ decision potentially affects numerous other faith communities across New York City’s five boroughs, although many Christian congregations share worship space at available churches on Sundays.

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One Response to Federal Appeals Court Upholds NYC’s Ban on Worship Services at Public Schools

  1. Robert Cuminale says:

    A PCA church I attend when I visit the NC coast rents a high school auditorium on Sundays. No classes are being held and there are no students present who might be forced to hear the sermon or the music. The church isn’t being promoted by the state as a benefit because they pay to rent it. Free use could be interpreted as support for a particular religion. Many Synagogues rent them for the High Holy Days as few of them are built to handle the once a year crowd.
    I assume the situation is the same in NYC and don’t understand what the problem is beside the usual Atheist agitation common in NYC.