What the playground can teach the government about fair play: Column
One of the first big cases that newly minted Justice Neil Gorsuch will hear, together with the other justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, will be one of the most important religious freedom cases this term: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer. The high court will hear arguments on Wednesday.
The facts of the case are simple enough. The plaintiff is Trinity Lutheran Church, which owns a preschool with a playground. The state of Missouri partially reimburses local government and non-profit organizations for installing rubber surfaces on their playground floors. It’s a great way to benefit the environment by making productive use of old tires and to protect children by softening surfaces around swings and slides that are often unforgiving to little heads, knees and elbows.