Bronx Household of Faith v. The Board of Education of the City of New York
Becket Fund Fights for Equal Access and Free Speech in New York Public Schools
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review a New York City policy that treats “religious worship services” worse than all other forms of free speech.
The New York City Department of Education has opened its public school facilities after-hours to thousands of diverse organizations, and it lets them use the facilities for any sort of meeting or speech “pertaining to the welfare of the community.” But the City bans any use of the facilities for “religious worship services.” Thus, the city has denied permission to the Bronx Household of Faith to conduct church services.
The Supreme Court has definitively ruled that it unconstitutional for public schools to exclude a “private Christian organization for children” to use space in a school building after school hours to sing songs, read Bible lessons, and pray. New York City, however, argues this case is different because it involves “religious worship services.”
On December 5, 2011, the Supreme Court denied review of this case.
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- Press Release (October 28, 2011)
- Becket Fund’s Amicus Brief for Cert to Supreme Court (October 2011)
- District Court Opinion (June 29, 2012)
- Becket Fund’s District Court Amicus Brief (April 20, 2012)
- Becket Fund’s Amicus Brief for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals (October 10, 2012)
- July 4, 2012, Court strikes down NYC ban on churches using public school buildings, EWTN
- July 2, 2012, Evicted NYC Churches Win Again, Urban Faith