New York City’s ban on religious groups renting public schools for worship will remain in place, after the US Supreme Court declined Monday morning to hear a church’s appeal of a lower court’s decision, Christianity Today reports.
For more than two decades, the Bronx Household of Faith has challenged an NYC policy that bans worship services in public school buildings.
About 80 churches were renting space in schools in recent years, according to The New York Times (NYT), thanks to several previous injunctions.
“Any community group can meet in New York City’s school buildings during non-school hours for any purpose—except for religious groups meeting to worship God. This policy is clearly nothing more than religious segregation—the kind of segregation the mayor has said he opposes,” said Jordan Lorence, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, which has represented Bronx Household for 20 years in its legal battle against the city’s policy.