Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York

New York City policy allowed community groups to meet in public school facilities for virtually any purpose—except "religious worship services." (5/29/2020)

Client Story

Bronx Household of Faith

Since the 1970s, Robert Hall and Jack Roberts have faithfully served the community of University Heights in the Bronx borough of New York City as pastors of Bronx Household of Faith. (4/19/2020)


Jordan Lorence

Jordan Lorence serves as senior counsel and director of strategic engagement with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he plays a key role with the Strategic Relations & Training Team. (4/19/2020)


In New York City: Another Victory in “The Case That Will Not Die”

One of the most essential keys to victory in the justice system is persistence – and no Alliance Defense Fund case demonstrates that more powerfully than the now-17 year history of Bronx Household of Faith vs. the Board of Education of the City of New York. (4/19/2020)


Confusing Ruling Bans Worship Services, But Allows Worship

In Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York, the Second Circuit issued an opinion that directly contradicts the last thirty years of Supreme Court precedent, takes away a vast amount of legal protection for religious speech, and I guarantee will make every Christian scratch his or her head, and mutter, “What in the world were they thinking?” (4/19/2020)


The Future of Religious Freedom Hinges on the Power of Persistence

Please be in prayer for Jordan Lorence, and for all of our staff and allied attorneys, as they work faithfully to defend religious freedom for you and your family, and for all Americans. (4/19/2020)


NYC Pastors Fight for Equal Access to Conduct Worship Services in NYC Government Buildings

New York City pastors are leading a growing movement opposing the New York City Department of Education's policy banning worship services conducted by religious groups. (4/19/2020)


Joseph Infranco

Joseph Infranco serves as senior counsel and vice president of the Alliance Coordination Team with Alliance Defending Freedom. (4/19/2020)


Bronx Household of Faith Wins Permanent Injunction Against NYC School Policy Banning Worship Services

Bronx Household of Faith won a permanent injunction June 29 allowing private groups to conduct worship services in empty public schools during non-school hours. (4/19/2020)


Worship Amidst the Athenians, Part II

In my last blog post, I proposed conceptualizing our educational institutions in terms of worship, i.e. through a “worship paradigm.” (4/19/2020)


Court Allows Two Constitutions, Gives Schools Room to Evict Church Groups

In a decision that, frankly, surprises me, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the 17-year-old case of the Bronx Household of Faith vs. Board of Education of the City of New York. (4/19/2020)


NYC Housing Authority Relents, Allows Churches' Worship Services To Remain In The Community Centers

In the first big victory for equal access in New York City this year, the NYC Housing Authority on Friday relented of its efforts to evict the churches meeting for worship services at the community centers of the public housing projects. (4/19/2020)


Religious Freedom Needs Courageous Support from Elected Officials

Two major legal actions last week illustrate with startling clarity not only what’s at stake in the current struggle for religious freedom in America, but how much courage is required to put forward even the most modest protections for that freedom. (4/19/2020)