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Swimming Lesson: Public Pool Reinstates Religiously Motivated Sex-Segregated Hours

A public swimming pool in New York City has reinstated sex-segregated swimming hours at the request of the local Hasidic Jewish community.

The pool, located on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, had hosted sex-segregated hours for two decades until, according to the Forward, administrators had intended to suspend the practice after the New York City Commission on Human Rights warned that it violated city law.

New York City Subsidizes Security For Religious Schools

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio has signed a bill to reimburse sectarian private schools for the cost of hiring security guards. The New York City Council initially voted to pass the measure in December.

“You can imagine, in the environment we’ve been in the last few months, how much communities are concerned,” DeBlasio said. 

Cities Hosting Pope Francis Must Take Pains To Protect Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

Cities Hosting Pope Francis Must Take Pains To Protect Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

Officials in Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C. should take care to respect separation of church and state during the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
 
In a letter sent today to officials in the three cities as well as federal agencies, Americans United noted that during previous papal visits, government officials have attempted to divert tax money for religious purposes.

Supreme Court Leaves Ban On Churches In Schools

New York City may continue to ban churches from renting public school facilities after the nation’s highest court refused to hear a challenge to the practice.

The Supreme Court’s refusal to act ends a 20-year legal battle over the ban. It is typically legal for churches to meet in public schools when class is not in session, but New York City enacted a policy banning worship and other activities, such as partisan political rallies and private parties, in public schools.

Going Unclear: Scientology Program Infiltrates NY Public Schools

An anti-drug program rooted in Scientology entered at least 30 New York City public schools last year, according to DNAinfo. Even though that program, the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, advertises itself as a rather innocuous “non-profit public benefit corporation,” in reality it is a church-sponsored project.

Improper Influence: NYC Public Schools Bow To Church Rules On Sex Ed

New York state law mandates that public school students receive sex education and instruction about HIV/AIDS. But some students in New York City can’t get that vital information in their classrooms and have to go elsewhere for it.

Why is this so? It turns out that in the Big Apple, some public schools are operating in buildings owned by the Catholic Church. And the church hierarchy won’t allow this instruction on site.

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