Loretta Preska's judicial crusade to establish churches in schools | Katherine Stewart

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 15:00 in Psychology & Sociology

A judge's decision forcing New York City to provide subsidised space for religious worship challenges the US constitutionThe government of the City of New York is now in the religion business.It is being forced against its will to fund and operate a set of well-furnished facilities in prime locations for the purpose of housing a large network of predominantly evangelical churches. On weekdays, during school hours, these facilities are known as "public schools". But after the bell rings, they become part of what we may now call "the Church of New York City".How did this blatant violation of the first amendment happen?Among the many people who made this strange development possible, it wouldn't have taken place without a certain kind of judge – the kind who, in other contexts, talks loudly about the virtues of "limited government", the horrors of "judicial activism", and the sanctity of the US constitution. Last...

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