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Building Rental for Church Use

A federal court in South Carolina ordered a public school district to continue allowing a church to rent a school building for weekly worship services.

Key point 14-05. The First Amendment permits religious congregations to use public property for church services so long as the use is temporary and the congregation pays fair rental value.

* A federal court in South Carolina ordered a public school district to continue allowing a church to rent a school building for weekly worship services, and rejected the school district's arguments for discontinuing the arrangement. A church used a public school building to conduct weekly services pursuant to a school district policy that allowed "recognized nonprofit community organizations" to use school facilities. The school district initially granted the church permission to use the school for a three month period. The church paid a rental fee of $250 per week and $15 per hour for the services of a custodian who was present at the school as required by the policy. At the end of the three month term, ...

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  • March 1, 2007

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