Thankfully in recent years, courts have ruled in favor of granting equal access to public buildings for churches.
But the government officials in New York were less than receptive to that notion.
One case in point was a church’s request to rent an office building for overflow Easter services. They were denied the request, when the state cited so-called “separation of church and state,” and referenced a policy prohibiting religious expression.
Forget the fact other performances, including Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, were allowed access.
Their policy permitted groups to use the building only—and I quote—“to advance the educational, cultural, or civic climate of the community”—close quote.
How ironic—and frankly, troubling—that state officials would not view people living out their faith as serving an educational, cultural, or civic purpose.