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Park Slope Presbyterian Church Banned From Holding Sunday Service at John Jay

A court ruling bans churches from renting space in public schools for Sunday service citywide.

School is out for churches, forever.

This past Sunday, Park Slope Presbyterian Church did not hold its worship service in John Jay High School on Seventh Avenue like it has every Sunday for the past eight years. Instead, their service was held across the street at .

The reason? The city has evicted them.

As New York 1 reports, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will start enforcing a federal court decision that bans churches from renting space in public schools for religious worship.

Of the 53 churches affected citywide, nine of them are in Brooklyn. But not every place of worship has been kicked out, for the city’s policy states that no more than 50 churches are allowed to rent space in a public school for regular worship.

From now on, Park Slope Presbyterian Church will hold its services at Greenwood Baptist, which is on Seventh Avenue at the corner of Sixth Street, at 4 p.m.

The church’s pastor, Matt Brown, told NY 1 that he is frustrated about being evicted from John Jay after close to a decade of renting the space.

One worshiper echoed the pastor’s sentiment.

"It's sad I think for all us to be leaving the place where we've been for so many years," the worshiper told NY 1.

But the policy does not affect schools that are renting space in churches. According to the report, the Department of Education currently holds 34 school leases from the Catholic church.

"The thing that's amazing to me is that the Board of Ed is so worried about confusion on one point and not on another," pastor Brown told NY 1, explaining that PS 133 is in a church, which it rents from the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens.

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Parksloper February 14, 2012 at 09:14 PM
"Pastor Matt Brown of Park Slope Church has been meeting in John Jay High School in Brooklyn for the past eight years. He pays a fee of $3,200 a month to cover maintenance costs and is one of the clergymen being forced to relocate." I'm sure the school can handle the loss of these funds. Not. Maybe Jim and the other screaming liberals can make up the difference.
Parksloper February 14, 2012 at 09:16 PM
"But the policy does not affect schools that are renting space in churches. According to the report, the Department of Education currently holds 34 school leases from the Catholic church." Nothing like a hypocritical liberal.
arugula February 23, 2012 at 10:23 PM
I hope you are saying that if the weekend space was being used for a Mosque you'd get a far more vicious reaction due to the sick scapegoating bias against all Muslims being constantly fed by hate groups and a Military Industrial Congressional Complex that needs us to hate them so they can keep killing Muslims and Arabs and stealing their natural resources for our imperial war profiteers in the middle east. You can't get people to go to war unless you make them HATE an "enemy". Lousy, but true.
arugula February 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM
The Catholic Church, et al, have been so extremely politically active they have no right to any tax exemptions. Why give them even more? They want to change laws and disenfranchise other people with different beliefs... that's pretty political isn't it? I wish the American Church would split away from the Vetican and the Pope...The hierarchy is extremely rich, powerful and "infallible" (according to themselves, NOT God) they have long ago lost contact with the reality, needs and lives of the congregations. American Catholics know their prayers, hymns and rituals... we don't need some fat, rich elitist, pedophile protectors on their high and lofty butts thinking up ways of making life harder for them... I know.. I know... I am REALLY angry at the Church heirarchy.
arugula February 23, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Parksloper... You are comparing apples with pencils here. Public schools do not teach religion or promote religious philosophies of any kind. They just teach plain old mundane facts to get you on in life... math, english, science, history.... that is NOT what religious training does. There is no hypocracy, though you mistook them for such. Religious and secular education are worlds apart and you should know it now that you think on it, right? Secular educaztion gives you tools to work with and religious education tells you the rules you will live, think and be very heavily influenced by. I took my catechism classes too... you know exactly what I am talking about.

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