The state of Missouri had a program to use state funds to reimburse schools for ‘rubberizing’ their playgrounds. Trinity Lutheran Church wanted to take advantage of the state program but was denied because of their being a Christian school. The church filed a lawsuit that made it to the Supreme Court. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church which is a huge victory with huge future implications.
The Supreme Court’s ruling on a high-profile case involving a church’s day-care playground surfaces will likely be used in church-state battles in the future, experts believe. The decision, released on Monday, involving a church in Missouri was seen as a victory for many advocates and a blow to those who wanted to see a high wall of separation between church and state.
The ruling has raised questions over state funding of religious institutions’ secular activity, especially what it could mean for school vouchers. The court ruled 7-2 that religious organizations may not be excluded from state programs if they have a secular intent, raising questions over church-state separation without discriminating against those who are religious.
The specific church involved in the case, Trinity Lutheran Church in Missouri, wanted to participated in a state program that reimburses the cost of rubberizing playground surfaces. The state, however, said Trinity Lutheran was not allowed to participate…
Many liberals already fear that this decision will be used by religious institutions and churches to tear down the mythical wall of separation between church and state, even though there is nothing in the Constitution about such a wall. One has to ask if this will open the door for religious displays in public area such as nativity scenes and even the Ten Commandments.