FW: Public Housing Authority Says No More On-Site Church Services
edarrell at sbcglobal.net
Thu Mar 4 11:04:06 PST 2010
I'll wager the Dallas Housing Authority didn't consult their attorneys before taking that action. What do you want to bet it was some do-good conservative who, after having listened to a local preacher complain that such arrangements are illegal, acted as he or she thought the law is as described by cynical critics, and not as the law actually is.
Gee, wish I had some time to track it down.
--- On Thu, 3/4/10, Volokh, Eugene <VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu> wrote:
From: Volokh, Eugene <VOLOKH at law.ucla.edu>
Subject: FW: Public Housing Authority Says No More On-Site Church Services
To: "'Law & Religion issues for Law Academics'" <religionlaw at lists.ucla.edu>
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2010, 11:36 AM
Any thoughts on this? Thanks,
Feed: Religion Clause
Posted on: Thursday, March 04, 2010 4:20 AM
Author: Howard Friedman
Subject: Public Housing Authority Says No More On-Site Church Services
to yesterday's Dallas
News, the Dallas (TX) Housing Authority has ordered a halt to Sunday
morning worship services in one of the public housing complexes it
administers. For the past 14 years, Lake Highlands United Methodist Church
has brought Sunday services to elderly residents of Audelia Manor. Now,
however, MaryAnn Russ, Dallas Housing Authority CEO, says the worship
services violate the DHA's contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development as well as church-state separation principles. She says
that worship services amount to agency endorsement of religion. New Housing
Authority agreements with religious social service groups prohibit them from
holding worship services in public housing units. However a HUD spokesman in
Washington says that the Fair Housing Act does not prohibit religious
activity in common areas of public housing as long the activity does not
result in unequal treatment of residents.
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