NYC
02/21/2012 10:05 am ET Updated Apr 22, 2012

Pastor Goes On Hunger Strike To Protest Church Ban In City Schools

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS -- Pastor Bill Devlin has dropped 40 pounds in a month, but the religious leader's crash diet isn't spurred by secular ideals -- it's part of a hunger strike in protest of the city's attempt to ban religious groups from renting space in public schools for services. 

Devlin, 59, of the Manhattan Bible Church in Washington Heights, hasn't eaten any food and has only had tap water to drink since he began his protest since January 17. The 5-foot-11-inch tall pastor dropped from approximately 190 pounds to 150, and he has no idea when his fast might end.

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