Oppose public school space for religious purposes.

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Oppose use of public school space for religious purposes.
Come to a public hearing or submit your testimony.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012. 10am.
250 Broadway.
16th Floor Committee Room
Trains: 4, 5, 6, J, R, W to City Hall. A, C, 2, 3, 1 to Chambers St.

“Religious liberty can flourish only when the state leaves religion alone.”

Oppose use of public school space for religious purposes.

Next Thursday, February 2nd, the NYC Council’s Education Committee will be holding a public hearing on Reso. 1155. This resolution, introduced by Council Member Fernando Cabrera, calls on the NYS Legislature to pass and Governor Cuomo to sign into law legislation amending the State’s Education Law to afford houses of worship maximum access to school property.

Many New Yorkers feel very strongly about this issue. I encourage anyone who’s interested to attend this hearing.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the 16th Floor Committee Room at 250 Broadway (directly across from City Hall in Lower Manhattan.)

If you would like to testify, please be sure to register with the sergeant-of-arms on the 16th Floor prior to the start of the hearing. Public testimony will be limited to two minutes per person in order to allow as many people as possible to present their views.

If you can’t make it to the hearing but would still like to submit testimony, please feel free to email your written remarks at speakerquinn@council.nyc.gov, and she will forward them on to the Committee’s staff.

They’re praying for your soul — in public school.
“A bill in the state Legislature would change state law to allow churches and other houses of worship to hold religious services inside public schools. This violates the fundamental constitutional principle that government cannot endorse, or even appear to endorse, a particular religion. Urge Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Silver, Senate Majority Leader Skelos and your legislators to oppose this misguided bill.” SIGN THE PETITION.
“I support the freedom of all New Yorkers to worship, or not worship, as they choose. It’s my belief that A.8800, or any bill that would allow religious services in public schools, would weaken religious freedom.”

WHY TO OPPOSE THIS RESOLUTION?

“The ACLU believes that any program of religious indoctrination — direct or indirect — in the public schools or by use of public resources is a violation of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state and must be opposed.”

Rent-Free Religion in New York’s Public Schools By Katherine Stewart
“I attended services all over Manhattan, in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. I watched as congregants prayed over pictures of children from diverse families that lined the school’s hallways. In public school classrooms, I learned about creationism and was taught that all children who do not believe in Jesus will go to hell, along with their parents. At a public school in Greenwich Village, I heard a congregant describe the anti-gay ministry that is affiliated with the church planted at that school. From my seat in a public school library, I was instructed to pray for the glorious day that America’s system of government, finance, media, and education would be overtaken by Christian control.” READ MORE