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In the Missouri Constitution, Bill of Rights:

Section 6. That no person can be compelled to erect, support or attend any place or system of worship, or to maintain or support any priest, minister, preacher or teacher of any sect, church, creed or denomination of religion; but if any person shall voluntarily make a contract for any such object, he shall be held to the performance of the same.
Source: Const. of 1875, Art. II, § 6.

In the Missouri Constitution, Article, IX, Education:

Section 8. Neither the general assembly, nor any county, city, town, township, school district or other municipal corporation, shall ever make an appropriation or pay from any public fund whatever, anything in aid of any religious creed, church or sectarian purpose, or to help to support or sustain any private or public school, academy, seminary, college, university, or other institution of learning controlled by any religious creed, church or sectarian denomination whatever; nor shall any grant or donation of personal property or real estate ever be made by the state, or any county, city, town, or other municipal corporation, for any religious creed, church, or sectarian purpose whatever.
Source: Const. of 1875, Art. XI, § 11.

There’s now a case, taking issue with Missouri’s establishment clauses, before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) [2016 file photo].

Today from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r), via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler‏ @RepHartzler
A playground open to the community shouldn’t be denied grants for safety features because it’s owned by a church #FairPlay #TrinityLutheran
10:11 AM – 19 Apr 2017

The responses:

Does church pay taxes?

Yea it should that tax free church can afford it.

What if it was the Church of Satan you hypocrite???

Yes it should when our Governor is making big cuts in funding for the disabled and elderly, education and not expanding Medicaid

“Over two-thirds of the applicants were rejected.” Open to the community? No. I don’t know why you support this. Sorry to be so suspicious.

But I’m suspecting that this will have consequences that reach much farther than a playground. Why are you supporting this?

Planned Parenthood is open to the public but you want to deny them government money.

I also wonder if the Christian lobby would sing the same tune today if it were a mosque claiming unequal treatment. Thoughts?

why are you wanting to change the Constitution which requires separation of church and state. it’s worked for 200 years

your tweets do not change the Constitution which requires separation of church and state. it’s work for over 200 years

There’s few things that irk me more than…. using children as political props. Very disgusting.

Why is it open to the community? I assume you mean the whole community, not just the church. If my backyard is open to the whole

neighborhood, do I get government funding? How about if I get religious status? Then do I get government funding? Can of worms, here.

This is just baffling to me. All public services should be secular. I honestly don’t get how religious hospitals are a thing.

Something else is going on here. Maybe she&Blunt are expressing support forGorsuch &whatever decision he makes.But it sure ain’t “the kids”.

Kids shouldn’t have to play on Christian, or Jewish or Muslim playgrounds. They should just be playgrounds.

Separation of church and state is there for a reason. If a religious pre school wants tax paid subsidies then the tax exempt status MUST GO.

Wrong! Unless you give those same grants to Muslims, Satanists, Pagans, etc…

Don’t forget the Pastafarians!

Um, actually it should.

If it’s owned by a church then it shouldn’t get tax dollars. Unless it is open to government oversight and regulation

In Alabama they’re granting churches rights to form their own police forces. Don’t be fooled, she’s using children as a tool for agenda.

That scares the shit out of me. Wish we could just split the country in 2 & let the Christians take over the South & leave us the hell alone

Our fate is that of the south. And they’re being victimized & abused by power hungry extremists using religion as a weapon. The @GOP must go

Well, that’s the beauty of the separation of church and state. Would you be crying this loud for Muslims? Nah, I didn’t think so. Hypocrite

Maybe you should be more worried about the impending GVT shutdown in 10 days….. Just sayin’.
#MO4 #DoYourJob #FairPlay


That one laid an egg. But Neil Gorsuch, occupying a stolen seat on the court, will probably help change it all.