Religious Meetings (12)
News on the law regarding private and public religious meetings and meeting spaces
11/19/12 ... The legal battle between the New York City Board of Education and the Bronx Household of Faith continues. In June, Judge Loretta Preska issued a permanent injunction against the City's regulation prohibiting school buildings from being used for religious worship services. The City has appealed that, and the case will be argued to the Second Circuit.
10/19/12 ... Earlier this year, the Bronx Household of Faith received an injunction from the court that allowed it to continue meeting in NYC public schools. The latest development in the case, which has been going on since 1995, is that the City of New York appealed the injunction to the Second Circuit. In the previous three appeals, the Department of Justice supported the church's right to equal access. This time, the Obama DOJ has decided to sit out and not participate.
10/06/12 ... Venice, Florida has dropped its case against a family that was accused of having an unauthorized "house of worship" in their home. They faced fines of up to $250 a day for their Friday night prayer meeting. They were also threatened with a fine for posting a small sign in their yard offering prayer. Now, the city has dropped both issues. http://www.christianpost.com/news/fla-city-drops-case-against-familys-in-home-prayer-meetings-82801/
04/04/12 ... Non-discrimination policies at universities bar student groups from requiring leaders to hold specific beliefs, and have made it difficult for Christian student groups in several states. Groups must drop their faith-based requirements or leave campus.
03/29/12 ... Vanderbilt University has an "all-comers" policy for student groups, requiring groups to register and affirm they will have no faith-based requirements for membership or leadership. The university recently erased its religious exemption. Vandy Catholic will join other Christian groups, such as the Christian Legal Society, in leaving campus. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/29/catholic-student-group-to-leave-vanderbilt-campus/
03/08/12 ... The Seaside Public Library in Oregon refused to let Liberty Counsel hold a Christian worldview seminar in its facilities, saying that its policies prohibit religious services or proselytizing on library property. The library regularly permits other groups to meet. Liberty Counsel has filed a lawsuit asking for a judgment that the religious prohibition is unconstitutional.