This is one of the most flagrant displays of anti-Christian sentiment that I have ever had the misfortune of observing in my beloved city. Sadly, not many in Christendom are talking about. Not surprisingly, the MSM is barely covering it.
On December 5th, 2011 the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case of an evangelical church’s plea to overturn NYC’s ban on public school’s renting to churches. The immediate and long-term implications of this are sobering. For now, it means that dozens of churches have been suddenly catapulted onto the streets and have no meeting place. Looking further down the road, we are headed towards something that runs contrary to the intentions of our founding father’s. People of faith, particularly Christians, are quickly and illegally being blotted out of the public square.
What is the logic behind this deeply contentious decision to keep people of faith from gathering to worship on Sunday’s where, by the way — they pay rent to often-time cash strapped schools?
You see, most Christian churches worship on Sunday. The Second Circuit Judge Pierre Level breaks down for us why this is a problem. Allowing churches to rent from schools, he explains, results in an “unintended bias in favor of Christian religions.” “How is that?” you ask. Why, that’s because, “Jews and Muslims generally cannot use school facilities for their services because the facilities are often unavailable on the days that their religions principally prescribe for services,” Here’s the proof: “At least one request to hold Jewish services [in a school building used for Christian services on Sundays] was denied because the building was unavailable on Saturdays. This contributes to a perception of public schools as Christian churches, but not synagogues or mosques.” And this perception of course could do grave damage to “impressionable” children.
The judge also took issue with the evangelical church’s membership. “Bronx Household acknowledges that it excludes persons not baptized, as well as persons who have been excommunicated or who advocate the Islamic religion, from full participation in its services”.
This is a matter that ought to concern us all. This mountain of contention against faith and freedom grows. For the record, the notion that the words “wall of separation between church and state” are found in the Constitution is a falsehood. The only mention concerning this topic is found in the First Amendment which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” That’s it!
Please pray that : (1) this is overturned (2) that God use this time of trial and persecution to strengthen and purify the church (3) that Christian ministers in the US repent and start preaching a crucified Christ from once compromised pulpits (4) that Christians in NYC and the US be bold in their witness for Christ.