The Supreme Court rejected on Monday a plea from a tiny evangelical church in the Bronx to overturn New York City’s ban on religious worship services at public schools, the Associated Press reports. The justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the city’s policy, which allows prayer and religious instruction but draws a line at worship.

“We’re very disappointed,” said Pastor Robert Hall of the 48-member Bronx Household of Faith, which has been pressing its case for 17 years. “We think this is a dangerous precedent that allows the state to make a distinction between various types of religious activity.”

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