Brooklyn religious groups, city battle over use of public schools for religious services

Brooklyn religious groups and the city?s Department of Education were back in court Thursday battling over the use of public schools for religious services.

A 2002 court ruling allows religious groups to rent space in public schools just like any other organization. The Department of Education is trying to get that decision thrown out. City officials believe having a public school used as a house of worship violates the separation of church and state.

Lawyers for religious groups say the city is discriminating against the right to worship freely. The judge on the case could make a ruling within the next few months. Religious groups vow to appeal if they are forced out of public schools.

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