The Daily Gazette
The Locally Owned Voice Of The Capital Region
Advertisement
Promotions

When church is the same as school

Text Size: A | A

Here’s a question for you: Is it OK for a public school to be used as a church on Sundays? The question is more than academic. In New York City there are about 60 evangelical churches that hold their Sunday worship services exclusively in public schools. The practice has been the subject of a court battle going back a decade and more, with the Board of Education most recently trying to put an end to ...

You Must or Subscribe to Continue
subscribe to the Daily Gazette
Individual stories can be found and purchased from our Archives for $2.00

Enjoy this story? Share it!

Advertisement

comments

awineberg@yahoo.com
March 8, 2012
4:28 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Sadly Carl you would write about anything to create controversy, which in turn will create the attention in which you seem so desperately starved for. Sadly it seems you have reached an all time low, when your only hope to get this attention is to desecrate something as sacred as another persons religion!

grant18
March 8, 2012
7:45 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Mrs. Wineberg should take a second to consider that there may be as large a number of people that Mr. Strock is speaking for as she believes that she is speaking for. She might also consider that Mr. Strock and those who agree with him have as equal a right to state their opinions as she does, also guaranteed by the First Amendment, by the way.

awineberg@yahoo.com
March 8, 2012
8:17 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Mrs. Wineberg???? No one is arguing the First Amendment. What I do question is the purpose of the subject of religion in the majority of his columns. Does he really believe what he writes, or does he write these controversial columns because it draws the attention of folks that would NOT normally read his work?

albright1
March 8, 2012
8:44 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

I think the bottom line is this....if the churches rent the space the same way other community groups do, then no problem.

jerryrock
March 8, 2012
9:25 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Mr Strock is right on the money. WIth the Republican party pushing the issue of religion in government, this is a worthy subject. The predominantly Republican Montgomery County Board of Supervisors recently approved the allocation of taxpayer money in the form of a grant to go to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs for the celebration of a Catholic canonization. This organization's stated purpose is to promote the Catholic faith. This is in direct violation of the 1st Amendment. I reference the 1947 ruling Everson v. Board of Education which states in part "No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion."

Gerald J Skrocki

twohands
March 9, 2012
1:10 a.m.

[ Flag Post ]

Amen, Jerryrock, amen!

countrysquire339
March 9, 2012
4:50 p.m.

[ Flag Post ]

"...........which in turn will create the attention in which you seem so desperately starved for.......Sadly it seems you have reached an all time low, when your only hope to get this attention is to desecrate something as sacred as another persons religion!" By this line of reasoning, am I to understand that another semi-public figure in the form of Mr. Rush Limbaugh is similarly starved for attention and that the on-going flap concerning his attack on a Georgetown University student is only fallout? Mr. Strock is entitled to state his thoughts on the matter without being decried in a dismissive manner. Reasoned discussion should always be foremost. Besides, did Mr. Strock really "desecrate" anyone's religion?

Advertisement