Judge Gives NYC Churches Access to Public School Space

The judge found the city's police would cause "irreparable harm."

Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 5:50 PM EDT
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Judge Gives NYC Churches Access to Public School Space

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A federal judge has given a tiny evangelical Christian church the right to hold weekend services in a New York City public school.

An injunction issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in the ongoing litigation also allows other churches to get permission to use other schools around the city.

Preska found that schools' no-worship policy would cause "irreparable harm" to the Bronx Household of Faith.

City lawyers had argued that the church's use of the school ran afoul of the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. The clause prohibits against governmental endorsement of religion.

A lawyer for Bronx Household said he welcomed the decision. The city said it would appeal.

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