NY appeals court hesitant to allow worship in school

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals panel has heard fresh arguments on whether New York City can ban worship services in public schools, and seems hesitant to let them continue.

The three judge panel had plenty of questions as the 12-year-old case came before it for a fifth time.

Two of the three judges kept a lawyer for the Bronx Household of Faith on the defensive as he argued that a lower court judge was right to rule in the church's favor earlier this year. That decision barred New York City from enforcing a law that would block churches from conducting their worship service in public schools during after-school hours.

The appeals court did not immediately rule.

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271-a-11-(The Reverend Robert Hall, co-pastor of the Bronx Household of Faith, in AP interview)-"in this matter (second reference)"-The Reverend Robert Hall, co-pastor of the Bronx Household of Faith, says his congregation, like many others that don't have church buildings, meets in a public school for Sunday worship. (19 Nov 2012)

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270-a-14-(The Reverend Robert Hall, co-pastor of the Bronx Household of Faith, in AP interview)-"the First Amendment"-The Reverend Robert Hall, co-pastor of the Bronx Household of Faith, says he's concerned that the appeals court could reinstate New York City's ban on churches using public schools for worship services. (19 Nov 2012)

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