Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.
Whenever two or more are gathered in His name, it better not be in a public school.
A federal appeals court has decreed that New York City churches are prohibited from meeting in public school buildings because of the separation of Church and state...or something.
That decision overturns a lower court ruling.
The case dates all the way back to 1995, when a small church in the Bronx attempted to rent space in a public school as is done quite frequently by many groups. But the Board of Education denied the request.
The list of government enforced "Thou Shalt Nots" for Christians grows ever longer. Thou shalt not resist government mandates that require you to pay for abortifacients. Thou shalt not refuse to take part in a marriage ceremony. And now thou shalt not use public buildings.
Kind of funny that the separation of Church and state somehow now means that government can force religious institution to pay for abortions but religious institutions can't rent space from public schools. This separation of Church and state seems a little one way, doesn't it?
submitted an application to rent a public school building for its worship services, but was denied by the Board of Education. The matter then went to court, which turned into an emotional roller coaster, resulting in both temporary victories and losses to both sides.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case. And now, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against the church.
“We conclude that the prohibition was consistent with its constitutional duties,” the judges wrote. “The Free Exercise Clause … has never been understood to require government to finance a subject’s exercise of religion.”
This is, of course, highly discriminatory against religious groups and I hope that it will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The government is no longer neutral on the matter of religious. It is discriminatory. The government is supposed to be "We the people" but it's increasingly seeming like Christians are not included.