NYC Churches Get Reprieve in Forced Eviction from Schools

By:  Dave Bohon
02/17/2012
       
NYC Churches Get Reprieve in Forced Eviction from Schools

Attorneys for churches meeting in New York City public school buildings have won a court order barring the city from evicting the congregations for at least 10 days. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a conservative legal advocacy group representing the churches in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York, said that it had succeeded in getting the restraining order while a U.S. District Court considers the constitutional arguments in the case. As reported earlier in The New American, the city’s school board had banned the longtime practice of allowing churches to rent space on weekends in school buildings that would otherwise sit vacant.
 
 

Attorneys for churches meeting in New York City public school buildings have won a court order barring the city from evicting the congregations for at least 10 days. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a conservative legal advocacy group representing the churches in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York, said that it had succeeded in getting the restraining order while a U.S. District Court considers the constitutional arguments in the case. As reported earlier in The New American, the city’s school board had banned the longtime practice of allowing churches to rent space on weekends in school buildings that would otherwise sit vacant.
 
Judge Loretta Preska (photo) of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the stay, ruling that the churches affected by the ban “demonstrated irreparable harm and a likelihood of success on the merits of their Free Exercise and Establishment Clause claims.”
 
The implementation of the ban, that was scheduled to kick in following Sunday services February 12, would have displaced dozens of congregations that have used schools for worship over the past several years, placing many in danger of folding because of a scarcity of appropriate rental space in the city. It would also have eliminated several million dollars the city earns from rentals to the churches.

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