If anyone doubts the New York City Department of Education is discriminating against churches, take a look at the DOE’s rules and regulations governing the extended use of school facilities.
On page 5 of the PDF (D-180, Section I-Q), we read the following: “No permit shall be granted for the purpose of holding religious worship services, or otherwise using a school as a house of worship.”
Using the school as a flea market is OK with the DOE (D-180, Section I-L); the same goes for the Rotarians and other civic groups. Religious groups are the ones who are specifically denied equal treatment when it comes to meeting in the school buildings.
There’s no way around it: The New York City Department of Education is blatantly discriminating against religious groups.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.