Churches: What are they good for?
Besides the (hopefully) obvious benefit that churches provide to those who are already part of the flock, so to speak, churches also provide many benefits to others in the community. These include both the spiritual and physical kind. So why is it that some government officials insist on treating churches and other religious groups as unwelcomed members of the community?
There are many instances of discrimination against churches across the country, but I’ll just discuss two. The first takes place in New York City where the school district has opened up its facilities to community groups when not in use. There are nearly 1,200 individual school facilities that are opened up to nearly 10,000 separate community uses each year. Uses by groups such as J&R Pizza (an essential, coming from an Italian), Mouse, Inc. (afraid to ask), Peoples Rights (that must be important), Groove With Me (yeah, dude), Big Apple Circus (clowns are a bit creepy, but that’s a whole other thing), Crafty Ladies (I am assuming this is not ladies who are crafty, but who make crafts), Safe Space (of course), American Martyrs (not sure how long this group will last), Sex and the City filming (what can I say), and Dodge Ball Champions (they need a home, too). There are also several churches, such as the Bronx Household of Faith, and other religious organizations from a variety of faiths that use these facilities for their worship services, or at least have for the past more than fifteen years, until recently, that is. FULL POST