Prof. Emily Waldman spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the Bronx Household of Faith, an evangelical congregation which filed a petition Tuesday asking the Supreme Court to review a June appeals court ruling that would bar churches from holding worship services on school property.
According to the article, “About 60 churches currently use New York City public-school auditoriums and classrooms for worship activities after school hours and on weekends. The arrangement has allowed small, cash-strapped churches to avoid the city’s high rents, as the schools charge a nominal fee to cover the costs of custodians and security staff.”
Though the debate over church use of city public school space has been moving through the courts since the mid-1990s, the Supreme Court has yet to rule on whether worship services should be allowed on school property. Waldman told the Wall Street Journal that could make the Bronx church’s case a strong candidate for the docket.
“The Supreme Court has decided a number of cases leading up to this issue,” Ms. Waldman said. “There’s still the open question of ‘what about pure religious worship?’ That’s what makes it different.”
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