The Department of Education in New York City has given churches that rent or use space in school and public buildings notice that they must leave. In a stunning move that smacks of religious persecution and a lack of understanding of our religious freedoms the churches have been told they must be out next month.
via the Wallstreet Journal online:
The city Department of Education, arguing separation of church and state and citing a court decision, told 60 churches last month that they must stop holding worship services in public schools after Feb. 12.
The city Housing Authority then announced it was reviewing its policy on renting space to outside groups, including five churches.
“It’s just crazy that they’re forcing the churches to leave in six weeks,” Councilman Fernando Cabrera said after he was handcuffed, booked on a trespass charge and released. “They should absolutely allow the houses of worship to continue doing what they are doing. It has never negatively affected anyone.”
Interestingly the NAACP and ACLU are quite silent on this one.