Friday, February 10, 2012

N.Y. City Can Ban Worship Services in Schools

In December, in the case of N.Y. City v. Bronx Household of Faith, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed N.Y. City to bar worship services in public schools.
“We view this as a victory for the city’s school children and their families,” said Jane Gordon, senior counsel of the N.Y. City Law Department.
She said the Education Department “was quite properly concerned about having any school in this diverse city identified with one particular religious belief or practice.”
In June, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld the city’s rule against worship services in public schools. Bronx Household appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Court refused to take the case.
In early February, the N.Y. Senate passed a bill requiring N.Y. City public schools to house religious worship services. Assembly Majority Leader Sheldon Silver opposes the corresponding Assembly bill.

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