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Appellate Court Rules On Renting Public School Space to Church

01. July 2011

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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 activity—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. He said the decision could be overturned by the full circuit court (this ruling was from a three-member panel) or go to the Supreme Court. (Emily Belz/WNS)

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