Author: ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot
Some local governments still discriminate against churches that would like to use community facilities like public auditoriums and schools even though the U.S. Supreme Court determined back in 1993 in the Lamb’s Chapel case that such discrimination is unconstitutional. This is especially problematic for new churches that often start out meeting in schools or other public facilities as they try to grow large enough to have a place of their own. ADF currently represents a church in New York in the case Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education where the city is attempting to prohibit the church from renting school facilities to hold worship services. Once again, it’s important that pastors and church leaders educate themselves on the legal protection for churches and not allow themselves to be bullied by public officials, even if it means going to court to defend religious freedom. Our “Equal Access FAQ” document on the resource page provides a good overview of this issue.
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