More insanity for our times. These 68 small community Christian congregations that have been renting space in NYC public school buildings (when school is not in session) are being booted out because, heaven forbid!, the schools MAY then have to “rent to the Klu Klux Klan also!” (Why don’t they cross that bridge IF it ever appears?)
Names of the “bad guys/gals” mentioned in the below article:
•Bloomberg = Jew.
•Lieberman = Jew.
•Lappin = Jew.
•Silver = Jew(?)
•Wolcott = (?)
They obviously have no fear of God whatsoever. Vengeance is His. HE will repay (Romans 12:19).
2/11/12: NYC Churches Shut Out of Public Schools Starting Sunday 2/12/12:
February 11, 2012 04:31 PM EDT
NYC Churches Shut Out of Public Schools Starting Sunday
By Nicola Menzie | Christian Post Reporter
(Photo: The Christian Post/Nicola Menzie)
Although the New York State Senate has passed an amendment that would reverse the New York City Board of Education and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to evict nearly 70 churches from the public school spaces they have been renting, many of them for years, most of these congregations are already packed up and prepared for an exodus as the deadline for departure is this Sunday, Feb. 12.
According to attorney Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal group that has been at the forefront of this battle for equal access, allowing private groups to gather in public facilities is not a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
“The Supreme Court has addressed this issue at least five times since 1981,” Lorenceexplains on ADF’s “Speak Up” website. “When the government opens a building for expression by private groups, it cannot deny access to religious groups. The Supreme Court has explicitly rejected the Establishment Clause as a reason justifying this kind of exclusion, because these are private religious speakers, not endorsed by the government. Government accommodation of private speakers does not mean the government endorses their messages.”
Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, argued during a City Council hearing that lawmakers must fight against these churches for the sake of upholding religious freedom — that the Board of Education would essentially be endorsing one religious group over others if it continued to allow these Christian churches to rent out public school facilities. [Uphold Religious Freedom? That is the most backward reasoning I’ve ever heard!]
Another City Council member, Jessica Lappin, penned a letter before the Feb. 2 hearing expressing outrage that “about 160 New York City schools are doubling as churches.” Lappin found it particularly disturbing that these ministries use these public spaces for free or for minimal fees.
“Even worse, some are using taxpayer-subsidized space to preach hatred of homosexuals and people of other faiths,” Lappin alleges. [There is just NO REASONING with people with Lappin’s attitude!]
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) called the bill passed by the Senate “flawed,” and said “it would open up the schools to anybody,” including the Ku Klux Klan.
However, Silver has reportedly gone behind closed doors to help improve the language of the bill that would force the City to re-consider its ban on churches meeting in empty public schools. Silver’s “improvements” reportedly include language that would appease both the churches and their supporters as well as dissenters. The New York Daily News reports that Silver and his attorneys would provide grounds for civil liberties advocates to later ask a court to carry out the evictions. [& how, pray tell, is that an “improvement”??]
According to Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund, no other cities have enacted a ban like the one NYC Chancellor of Education Dennis Wolcott has put forth, and no city has been sued for violating the First Amendment.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), perhaps taking a cue from the Board of Education, made a similar move, refusing to renew month-to-month leases with several congregations that use its community centers, as meeting places for their ministries.
Pastor Dimas Salaberrios of Infinity NY Church, which meets at a NYCHA-owned Bronx River Community Center, decided to push back, eventually convincing the housing authority to relent.
According to a poll published Feb. 2 by LifeWay Research, about 65 percent of Americans do not mind churches using public school spaces for worship, while nearly half of all New Yorkers agree with that statement.
An Equal Access web page has been launched for local churches in need of a meeting place and for congregations that are able to offer them space. By visiting the NYC Equal Access page at faithstreet.com, “helpful” churches can coordinate with “homeless” churches for worship space. As of Saturday, there were about 33 evicted churches listed as “homeless” and in need of space.
On a radio program Friday, Mayor Bloomberg showed no sign he intended to interfere with the Board of Education’s decision to oust churches from public schools. He, in fact, lauded the policy, insisting the policy is in favor of religious freedom.
See full story at above Christian Post link.