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-NYC: Redemptive Reversal- Churches Can Use Public Schools After All

by Dr. D ~ April 19th, 2014

English: City council member Bill De Blasio sp...

     (Mayor Bill De Blasio: Wikipedia)

In a redemptive reversal just in time for Resurrection Day (Easter), New York City officials have decided to allow churches to rent public school buildings after all. Here’s the story from Citizen Link:

Churches across New York City were celebrating last weekend. Not only because it was Palm Sunday, but because, after a 19-year legal battle, they were allowed to stay in the rented public school buildings where they meet.

Even though the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the city’s right to ban religious services in public school buildings in January, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was going to allow the churches to stay put.

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Response: A great redemptive story for the Holy Week. After 19 years of litigation the churches get to stay and continue to minister particularly to the poor in New York City neighborhoods where finding adequate and inexpensive places to meet is exceedingly difficult.

Ironically it is the new leftist mayor who saw the light and lead the way to reopen the door to the ministries. In an article in The Blaze, Mayor de Blasio was quoted as saying:

“I believe that a faith-based organization has a right like anyone else … to use that space,”

This is a great day not only for New York City but for churches all around the country who rent public buildings and were concerned about examples and precedents being set that might doom their own facility arrangements.             *Top

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