Churches in NYC that use public school buildings on Sundays are still under threat after NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn didn’t keep her promise to bring a resolution up for a vote that would protect the right of the churches to use public school buildings.
In a nut shell, the churches are currently meeting in schools based on a temporary injunction by a federal judge this mongth after the NYC Department of Education evicted over 60 churches in Feb.
CBN NEWS – New York City congregations are stuck in limbo over the right to keep using public school buildings for worship services.
The case has taken another twist after New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn failed to keep a promise to the churches.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is fighting to evict the churches based on an extreme interpretation of separating religion and government.
The churches were kicked out earlier this year and the issue went all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The case continues in a New York federal court after the churches were allowed back in when a federal judge issued a temporary injunction.
The New York Daily News reported Quinn backed out on her promise to bring the issue up for a vote. Earlier this year, Quinn said while she backed evicting the churches, she would allow a resolution to come to the floor for a vote.
The resolution would make the temporary injunction permanent and would allow the churches to continue holding services in the schools.
The city council has no more scheduled meetings before the Albany legislative session ends this week.
It is now unclear what will happen now.
One of the pastors involved in the fight said he believes gay activists are behind the push to oust churches from public schools:
Pastor Dimas believes homosexual activists are behind the push. He said leaders from the gay community revealed their opposition during a hearing at a meeting at city hall.
“It was quite evident that the LGBT community stood up and said you guys are preaching a doctrine that’s against gay marriage and that’s why we’re coming against you guys,” Dimas explained. “We don’t want you to have churches in schools. We’re coming against you.”