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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