SCTOUS goes to the Playground

Regent Law 1997 graduate, David Cortman, with Alliance Defending Freedom will take the Supreme Court to the Playground – or rather, will take the playground to the High Court on April 19, 2017.


Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley has been called "the most interesting case" of this Supreme Court term by Adam Liptak of The New York Times. Operating a preschool in Missouri, Trinity Lutheran Church applied for a playground resurfacing grant from the state in 2012. Obtaining the grant would allow Trinity to receive reimbursement for resurfacing its playground with a safer pour-in-place rubber surface made from recycled tires. While Trinity’s application was ranked 5th out of the 44 applications it received, the church was denied, as Missouri determined that its state establishment clause forbids it from providing an available benefit to children—a safe playground surface—simply because the playground is on church property.

This case is about whether a religious group should be excluded from a government program simply because the group is religious.  View the various amicus briefs for this case at the SCOTUS blog.  Family restoration often happens best at church – and a safe playground is a good place to start.

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