Religious Freedom Advocates Hail ‘Huge’ Victory (7-2) in Supreme Court’s Church Playground Case

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources violated the rights of a church preschool by denying it a grant to resurface its playground with rubber from recycled tires.

Source: Religious Freedom Advocates Hail ‘Huge’ Victory in Supreme Court’s Church Playground Case

The Department had a strict and express policy of denying grants to any applicant owned or controlled by a church, sect, or other religious entity, and when it ultimately awarded 14 grants as part of the 2012 program, the Trinity Lutheran Church Child Learning Center was not among the group.

Trinity Lutheran sued in federal court, alleging that the Department’s failure to approve its application violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.

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