Saturday, December 27, 2008

Equal Access to School Facilities for Churches

It is established by law and in Supreme Court decisions that when a school opens its facilities to outside groups, it must not discriminate against religious groups seeking the same access. This seems only fair. If one knows the actions of the Founding Fathers, who wrote the First Amendment, it is quite obvious that such access should not be denied to churches. But that does not mean obtaining access will be a smooth path. Schools often challenge this right, thinking they are defending "separation of church and state" in some way. They somehow equate the words of the First Amendment ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion;") with disallowing church groups' use of a school outside of school hours.

Consider this post from the Alliance Defense Fund:
A Decade of Struggle and Perseverance Pays Off!

In the post they describe how, "For ten years, ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jordan Lorence has fought a legal battle against the City of New York to allow the Bronx Household of Faith to have the same access to public school facilities as other groups enjoy."

Ten years is a long time to fight for rights that are supposed to be yours. One purpose of this blog is to educate those who read it about the ways in which the Founders wrote and acted regarding religion and the government.

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