Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Description:  Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represent a church that runs a preschool and daycare center, which was excluded from a Missouri program that provides grants to purchase rubberized surface material (made of recycled tires) for children’s playgrounds. Although the state highly ranked the center as qualified for the program, it denied the center’s application solely because a church runs the daycare.


Missouri tells Supreme Court that discrimination against churches is proper

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel David Cortman regarding the state’s response brief filed June 28 in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley:

“Every citizen, regardless of their beliefs, should be treated equally. But the state of Missouri’s primary argument is that its constitution actually requires discrimination against people of faith and religious organizations. The reality is that both the state and federal constitutions require neutrality. The state can’t disqualify an organization that exceeded the requirements for participation in a generally available government program merely because it’s religious. No state or federal constitution should be interpreted to require hostility and discrimination against people of faith.”

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Previous news releases:

  • 2016-04-22: Multiple groups voice support for preschoolers at US Supreme Court
  • 2016-04-14: ADF to Supreme Court: Govt isn’t neutral if it treats the religious worse than everyone else
  • 2016-01-15: US Supreme Court agrees to tackle religious hostility by states
  • 2015-12-21: ADF deflates Missouri’s arguments favoring religious discrimination in playground scrap tire program
  • 2015-12-08: Multiple states to US Supreme Court: Govt can’t show favoritism to non-religious preschoolers
  • 2015-11-05: ADF to US Supreme Court: Mo. can’t single out church preschool for discrimination
  • 2015-01-14: ADF to court: Mo. can’t arbitrarily choose which Christian pre-school qualifies for scrap tire program
  • 2014-02-05: Christian pre-school excluded from Mo. scrap tire program files appeal
  • 2013-01-31: Mo. scrap tire program runs down pre-school

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