There has been discussion about a Bronx church organization and weather or not they should be allowed to rent space in a public school building. Some see the after hours rental as a dangerous precedent blurring the lines between church and state. Is this an attempt to proselytize or convert our children? Should the school or any other public space deny the extra rental income? Personally, I don’t see the threat just as long as all religions are treated equally and the school system financed by tax payers does not end up subsidizing religions institutions.
Councilman Cabrera ,who is also a preacher, is taking a leadership position on this topic. To read more on his stance please see the press release he released earlier today. I also posted links to two articles written on the topic.
“Although today’s news may be cause for some disappointment, the question now moves to the individual states. I have full confidence that our State Legislature and Governor will amend our education law to end the Department of Education’s exclusionary policy and allow our churches the same access afforded to other community organizations. This case was never about special treatment, it was about fairness and I fully intend to continue this fight until we see action.”
Councilman Cabrera will be introducing legislation this Thursday calling for a change in the Education Law that will allow churches to worship in schools during non-school hours. He will be holding a press conference on the steps of City Hall at 12:00pm this Thursday along with many church leaders and parishioners that meet in schools.
For more news on the topic please see the various links below;