Court bars renting public school space to church for religious 'worship services'
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in June that a public school could bar a church from renting its space after hours, while other groups could rent the space if they weren't using it for worship. The court said the school wasn't discriminating against "religious points of view" but simply banning a "type of activityâ€”religious worship services."
"The Establishment Clause is being misunderstood to mean that you cannot accommodate religious private speech as opposed to other private speech," said Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund, one of the lawyers for the Bronx, N.Y., church that sought to rent from a local middle school. "They have their dance recitals, Boy Scout meetings, union meetings, worship services. Nothing is transformed. The meeting doesn't work some architectural alchemy on the building."...
Would the Alliance Defense Fund come charging to the rescue for those who would want to hold a Muslim religious session in schools are for that matter a witches' coven? I would hope not and they really aren't correct in supporting this church's actions. They are trying to open doors that most of us would hope would stay closed.