Mary Anna (16 Jan 2012)
"New York pastors and lay people arrested for praying in protest"

NEW YORK‹Police Thursday arrested 43 New York City pastors and lay people who were protesting the city¹s ban on church use of public schools for worship services. The ban is scheduled to go into effect Feb. 12.

The New York Board of Education wants to ban religious use of schools on Sunday mornings or at other times the schools are otherwise unused‹even though the churches rent the space, dropping an estimated several million dollars per year into the city cashbox. If the ban prevails, more than 150 congregations will have to move to other meeting space starting next month‹and that¹s hard to find in New York City. Š