In today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision [pdf] in TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH OF COLUMBIA, INC. v. COMER, DIRECTOR, MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES:
3. This case involves express discrimination based on religious identity with respect to playground resurfacing. We do not address religious uses of funding or other forms of discrimination.
A press release today from Attorney General Josh Hawley (r):
MO AG Josh Hawley: Religious Liberty Wins Today
Jun 26, 2017, 09:48 AM
Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley issued the following statement following today’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of Missouri’s Trinity Lutheran Church. The Supreme Court ruled today in a 7-2 decision that Trinity Lutheran Church could not be denied state grant money simply because of its status as a religious organization.
“Today is a great day for Missouri’s Trinity Lutheran Church, and an even better day for religious freedom in America. With today’s ruling, the United States Supreme Court has made clear that the First Amendment does not permit government to discriminate against churches or religious organizations on the basis of faith. People of faith cannot be treated like second-class citizens. Governor Jay Nixon’s administration was wrong to interpret Missouri’s Constitution to require such unlawful discrimination. Today’s decision means discrimination of this kind will never be permitted again in the state of Missouri, or anywhere.”
“…Today’s decision means discrimination of this kind will never be permitted again in the state of Missouri, or anywhere.”
When it comes to playground resurfacing.
I’d be good with this if all religious institutions paid taxes.