CASEBronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York

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The Bronx Household of Faith is an inner-city New York City church that sought to rent a public school building on Sundays to hold its weekly worship service but had its request rejected by the New York City Board of Education. This led to a legal battle that began in the federal court system in 1995 to secure equal access to public buildings not only for Bronx Household of Faith, but for other churches and faith groups as well.
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NYC churches hope mayor keeps promise, rescinds worship service ban

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NYC churches hope mayor keeps promise, rescinds worship service ban

US Supreme court leaves decision in place that will boot worship services from empty schools if mayor doesn’t act

Mar 30, 2015 Read More

ADF to Supreme Court: NYC’s arguments to throw out churches fall short

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ADF to Supreme Court: NYC’s arguments to throw out churches fall short

City continues push to exile church meetings from empty public school buildings

Jan 26, 2015 Read More

ADF asks US Supreme Court to uphold freedom of churches to meet in NYC public schools

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ADF asks US Supreme Court to uphold freedom of churches to meet in NYC public schools

19-year-old case heads to high court

Sep 24, 2014 Read More

Supreme Court’s prayer decision supports freedom of churches to meet in NYC public schools

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Supreme Court’s prayer decision supports freedom of churches to meet in NYC public schools

ADF letter filed with 2nd Circuit cites Town of Greece v. Galloway as support for re-evaluating Bronx decision

May 07, 2014 Read More

ADF appeals decision against churches meeting in NYC public schools

Religious Freedom

ADF appeals decision against churches meeting in NYC public schools

Appeal means churches won’t be evicted before Easter

Apr 17, 2014 Read More

ADF considering next steps after 2nd Cir. rules against weekend worship services at NYC public schools

NYC Council resolution gives churches hope

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NYC Council resolution gives churches hope

ADF official comment

May 23, 2013 Read More

NYC churches helping Sandy victims still face eviction

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NYC churches helping Sandy victims still face eviction

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney available to media after hearing at 2nd Circuit Monday

Nov 16, 2012 Read More

Hope renewed: Weekend worship services will continue at NYC schools

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Hope renewed: Weekend worship services will continue at NYC schools

Federal court issues permanent order protecting equal access rights

Jun 29, 2012 Read More

Will court say worship services can continue in NYC public schools on weekends?

Sanctity of Life

Will court say worship services can continue in NYC public schools on weekends?

ADF attorney available to media following hearing Friday

May 31, 2012 Read More

Alive and kicking: Churches to resume meeting at NYC schools

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Alive and kicking: Churches to resume meeting at NYC schools

Court halts eviction of churches meeting for worship services

Feb 24, 2012 Read More

New life: Like a phoenix rising, churches can continue meeting in NYC schools

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New life: Like a phoenix rising, churches can continue meeting in NYC schools

Court temporarily halts eviction of churches meeting for worship services

Feb 16, 2012 Read More

Lawsuit re-energized to stop eviction of worship services from NYC schools

Religious Freedom

Lawsuit re-energized to stop eviction of worship services from NYC schools

ADF attorney available to media following hearing Tuesday

Feb 13, 2012 Read More

Faith leaders to Bloomberg: Don’t leave churches homeless; stand for equal access, religious liberty

Religious Freedom

Faith leaders to Bloomberg: Don’t leave churches homeless; stand for equal access, religious liberty

Discriminatory policies will eject churches from communities citywide by Feb. 12, growing coalition continues protests

Jan 09, 2012 Read More

Supreme Court lets NYC ‘unequal access’ policy at public schools stand

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Supreme Court lets NYC ‘unequal access’ policy at public schools stand

High court declines to review decision that allows NYC schools to toss churches out of their weekend meeting places

Dec 05, 2011 Read More

ADF asks Supreme Court to halt NYC unequal access policy

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ADF asks Supreme Court to halt NYC unequal access policy

Church asks that NYC public school system stop singling out religious services for exclusion in 16-year legal battle

Sep 27, 2011 Read More

ADF appeals Bronx ruling to keep churches meeting in NYC public schools

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ADF appeals Bronx ruling to keep churches meeting in NYC public schools

ADF appeals to full panel of 2nd Circuit in lawsuit against NYC Dept. of Education

Jun 16, 2011 Read More

Bronx fail: 2nd Cir. says churches can’t rent NYC school facilities, but all other community groups can

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Bronx fail: 2nd Cir. says churches can’t rent NYC school facilities, but all other community groups can

ADF attorneys to appeal decision in Bronx church’s lawsuit against NYC Dept. of Education

Jun 02, 2011 Read More

ADF attorney available for media interviews after 2nd Circuit hearing in Bronx church case

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ADF attorney available for media interviews after 2nd Circuit hearing in Bronx church case

Appellate court to hear arguments in 15-year legal battle to secure equal treatment for churches in rentals of public school buildings

Oct 05, 2009 Read More

U.S. DOJ:  N.Y. churches entitled to equal treatment by schools

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U.S. DOJ:  N.Y. churches entitled to equal treatment by schools

Department of Justice files second brief in support of ADF position regarding church use of public buildings

Apr 01, 2008 Read More

Judge grants permanent injunction to allow Bronx church to meet at public school on Sundays

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Judge grants permanent injunction to allow Bronx church to meet at public school on Sundays

District court in New York rules in favor of Bronx Household of Faith in decade-long legal battle over church’s equal access rights

Nov 02, 2007 Read More

Free at last

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Free at last

After 10-year battle, ADF attorneys secure permanent injunction against NY Board of Education for Bronx church using school for meeting place

Nov 17, 2005 Read More

U.S. Justice Department joins ADF in defending equal access for churches in NYC

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U.S. Justice Department joins ADF in defending equal access for churches in NYC

NYC School Board continues to target religious groups for exclusion despite repeatedly repudiated unconstitutional position

May 19, 2005 Read More

ADF attorney defends equal access for churches

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ADF attorney defends equal access for churches

Bronx Household of Faith case shows churches in NYC public buildings provide much-needed services to city neighborhoods

Feb 07, 2005 Read More
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Court Title Date
U.S. Supreme Court
2015 ADF reply brief filed with U.S. Supreme Court Jan 26 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
2015 New York City's response brief filed with U.S. Supreme Court Jan 12 2015
U.S. Supreme Court
2014 petition for writ of certiorari Sep 24 2014
Appellate Court
2014 supplemental letter to 2nd Circuit May 06 2014
Appellate Court
2014 petition for rehearing en banc Apr 16 2014
Appellate Court
2014 2nd Circuit dissent Apr 03 2014
Appellate Court
2014 2nd Circuit opinion and order Apr 03 2014
Appellate Court
2012 appellees’ brief filed with 2nd Circuit Oct 03 2012
Trial Court
2012 permanent injunction Jun 29 2012
Appellate Court
2012 preliminary injunction stay denial Feb 29 2012
Trial Court
2012 temporary restraining order Feb 26 2012
Trial Court
2012 preliminary injunction opinion and order Feb 24 2012
Appellate Court
2012 temporary restraining order stay denial Feb 17 2012
Trial Court
2012 motion and brief for preliminary injunction Feb 03 2012
U.S. Supreme Court
2011 petitioner's reply filed with U.S. Supreme Court Nov 07 2011
U.S. Supreme Court
2011 amicus brief from First Amendment scholars Oct 27 2011
U.S. Supreme Court
2011 amicus brief from Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Oct 27 2011
U.S. Supreme Court
2011 amicus brief from Foundation for Moral Law Oct 27 2011
U.S. Supreme Court
2011 amicus brief from Council of Churches of the City of New York Oct 27 2011
U.S. Supreme Court
2011 brief of opposition filed with U.S. Supreme Court Oct 26 2011
U.S. Supreme Court
2011 petition for certiorari Sep 27 2011
Appellate Court
2010 2nd Circuit ruling Jun 02 2011
Trial Court
2007 permanent injunction Nov 02 2007
Trial Court
2008 DOJ brief Nov 02 2007
Trial Court
2005 DOJ brief
Trial Court
2005 permanent injunction Nov 16 2005

Commentary

Resources

Jordan Lorence: Churches’ legal battle against New York City shows what real discrimination looks like (National Review, 2015-04-02)

Jordan Lorence: Town of Greece decision brings needed common sense to Establishment Clause...and to New York City (National Review, 2014-05-09)

Jordan Lorence: Obama DOJ decides not to support religious liberty in NYC (National Review, 2012-10-09)

Jordan Lorence: President Obama's Department of Justice once again rejects protection for religious liberty (Christian Post, 2012-10-09)

Jordan Lorence: NYC vs. Jefferson: unfair worship ban (New York Post, 2012-08-11)

Jordan Lorence: In NYC, schools in churches are OK, but churches in schools are not? (Baptist Press, 2012-02-01)

Jordan Lorence: NYC’s senseless slap at prayer (New York Post, 2012-01-19)

Tom Minnery: Bloomberg's 'tolerance' hypocrisy: Why does the mayor welcome the mosque and fight small churches? (New York Daily News, 2010-08-23)

Jordan Lorence: Give churches space in vacant city schools: They're asking for equal access, nothing more (New York Daily News, 2010-01-27)

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