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Supreme Court Hears Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer/ State Aid to Church Programs (April 19, 2017)

Supreme Court Hears Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer/ State Aid to Church Programs (April 19, 2017)


Pro-religious rights demonstrators demand “Fair Play” as the U. S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments at a case aimed at the wall separating church and state on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The case Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, No. 15–577 concerned a Missouri program to make playgrounds safer that excluded ones affiliated with churches. Missouri’s constitution bars state funds from flowing, directly or indirectly, “in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion”. Trinity Lutheran Church claims its rights were violated when in 2012, Missouri rejected a grant to resurface its day-care center’s playground with used tire scraps. Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA) demands “Fair Play” as the U. S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments at a case aimed at the wall separating church and state on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Jennifer A. Marshall of the Heritage Foundation Ralph Reed, Chairman, Faith and Freedom Coalition Rev. Patrick Mahoney ·. Director of the Christian Defense Coalition. Lead pastor Church on the Hill. After oral arguments, the lawyers for both sides speak to reporters. David A. Cortman, Esq., (center) senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation with Alliance Defending Freedom represented Trinity Lutheran Church Representing the State. Holly Hollman is the general counsel and associate executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C. based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions.

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