Actor Alec Baldwin of the television show 30 Rock and the movie Hunt for Red October, is seriously considering a run for Mayor of New York City, according to his brother Billy Baldwin. During an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan last Tuesday night, Billy Baldwin said Alec’s possible candidacy is “very real,” and that Alec is ”very committed and extremely bright and knowledgeable and I think he could do it and he could run.”
The race for Mayor in New York City could affect religious liberty there because the Mayor directs the NYC Department of Education, which has a policy banning religious groups from conducting worship services during non-school hours. The Mayor has the authority to order an immediate repeal of the Department of Education policy. The current mayor, Michael Bloomberg has refused repeated requests by City Council members and local pastors to reverse the anti-worship service policy.
ADF is challenging the policy in court in the Bronx Household of Faith case, and won a permanent injunction against the policy last week. We expect the NYC DOE to appeal the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The question of whether the next Mayor of NYC can alter the policy may be moot if we successfully defeat the policy in court.
We would welcome a victorious resolution of this case by the Mayor ordering the repeal of the policy. Although the election for the new mayor of NYC is not until November 2013, it is important to ask the candidates for their position on ending the ban on worship services. If Alec Baldwin does run for Mayor, we hope he shows true support for religious liberty and the right of all people to worship the true Rock of Ages.