BLOGThe Trinity Lutheran Church Playground Case Goes before the U.S. Supreme Court This Week

By Bob Trent Posted on: | April 17, 2017

It’s not without some last minute drama that Trinity Lutheran will finally get its day in court. Justice Gorsuch will begin hearing cases this week after a historic path through the confirmation process. Major media outlets are portraying this case as an indicator of how the court’s newest justice will handle religious liberty issues.

Then, the Governor of Missouri threw a curve ball in the bottom of the ninth that no one expected. He directed government agencies to allow religious organizations to participate in publicly available grant programs like the one at issue in the Trinity Lutheran case. ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman had this to say about the announcement:

“The safety of all children matters, whether they attend a religious school or a nonreligious school. The state of Missouri denied the Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center’s access to a public program that would have made their playground safer—and did so on the basis of religious status, a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent. Just as today’s announcement from the governor states, his new directive doesn’t resolve the discriminatory actions that were taken against Trinity Lutheran’s preschool and the attempt to deny Trinity Lutheran its constitutionally protected freedom to participate equally in society.”

And it has been a long, winding road to reach this point in the case. The Court agreed to hear the case all the way back in January 2016. But the nation suffered the loss of Justice Scalia, and then the remaining eight justices took more than a year to decide when to hear oral arguments in the case.

We will be live from the U.S. Supreme Court beginning Tuesday, April 18 and continuing throughout the day on Wednesday. You can catch all the action, including interviews with attorneys arguing the case before the court, on the ADF Facebook page.

 

Listen Now


Never miss an episode of Freedom Matters
Subscribe Now

Bob Trent

Media Relations Director

Prior to joining ADF as Media Relations Director, Bob was an anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate radio station KTAR in Phoenix, AZ.

More from ADF View All

3 Questions with the Attorney Who Argued Trinity Lutheran before the Supreme Court Last Week

Religious Freedom

3 Questions with the Attorney Who Argued Trinity Lutheran before the Supreme Court Last Week

Here’s what ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman had to say about the oral argume...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 04/25/2017 18:00:00 Read More

Freedom For All: Why Two Artists’ Stand Should Matter to Everyone

Religious Freedom

Freedom For All: Why Two Artists’ Stand Should Matter to Everyone

If you asked Joanna Duka two years ago what she thought her biggest challenge...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 03/09/2017 17:30:00 Read More

Abortion Industry’s Interests Should Never Outweigh Public Concerns or First Amendment Rights

Sanctity of Life

Abortion Industry’s Interests Should Never Outweigh Public Concerns or First Amendment Rights

Two years after the National Abortion Federation filed a lawsuit against CMP,...

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 04/21/2017 21:11:05 Read More

The Weekly Digest: How the Media Reported on Trinity Lutheran at the Supreme Court

Culture

The Weekly Digest: How the Media Reported on Trinity Lutheran at the Supreme Court

The Weekly Digest summarizes news stories from the previous week.

Mr. Funny | Words | Author | I'm the icon | www | 04/26/2017 13:00:00 Read More