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Second Circuit Argument Preview: Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York


On Tuesday, the Second Circuit will be sitting in New Haven and hearing arguments in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York. New York city schools allow non-profit organizations to rent their facilities for meetings but refuse to rent to religious non-profits that want to hold worship services. Bronx Household of Faith sued, arguing that to exclude religious groups from renting for purposes of worship is to prohibit speech in a public forum based on its content, thereby violating the First Amendment. The church also argues that to permit religious groups to rent school property for worship services does not violate the Establishment Clause.

Jordan Lorence of the Alliance Defense Fund, chief counsel for the Bronx Household of Faith, will be giving interested students a preview of the argument at Naples Pizzeria on Wall Street at 1:00pm. Pizza will be provided. Afterward those interested will walk over to the courthouse (141 Church St.) to watch the 3:00pm argument.