NYC churches praying for help after losing court fights

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

New York City churches that are renting school space for Sunday worship are still looking for relief in the legal system after repeated setbacks. 

The small churches rent school space because of the lack of available property in New York City but the city decided to kick them out, prompting a lawsuit.

The ruling has been against the schools, sending the case to the U.S. Supreme Court which decided not to hear the case.

Lorence, Jordan (ADF)"If the city uses this occasion to evict the churches, it will be harming only itself and the people who live in the neighborhoods," says Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Jordan Lorence. "It will be throwing out the very groups that provide enormous and very needed help to the community, and even the schools themselves, as Mayor de Blasio has rightly acknowledged."

OneNewsNow reported Monday that a councilman, Fernando Cabrera, is urging action on behalf of churches. 

The Supreme Court is leaving intact a lower court decision that would permit other non-profits to rent school space but forbid churches from the same opportunity.

"This policy is clearly nothing more than religious segregation," says Lorence, "the kind of segregation that Mayor de Blasio said during the campaign and while he's been mayor that he opposes. We urge the mayor to stick by his promises."

There's a bill before New York lawmakers, which has passed in the Senate, which would grant churches equal access to schools that rent space to outside groups. 

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