Debate: ‘Tire Scraps and Religious Liberty’ at Newseum on April 7
WHO: Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom, Daniel Mach of the American Civil Liberties Union, and moderators Rich Wolf of USA Today, Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog, and Kimberly Robinson of Bloomberg BNA
WHAT: “Tire Scraps and Religious Liberty”: A debate on the merits and implications of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer case at the U.S. Supreme Court
WHEN: Friday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 11:30 am EDT
WHERE: Newseum, Knight Conference Center, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington (use Freedom Forum entrance on 6th St. NW), or watch live video stream
In what’s being heralded as “the term’s remaining marquee case,” Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer—“The Playground Case”—is set to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 19. The case concerns a religious preschool which a Missouri agency rejected from a state program that provides reimbursement grants to purchase rubberized surface material (tire scraps) for children’s playgrounds. The state ultimately denied the preschool a reimbursement grant for its playground solely because the playground belongs to a religious organization. At its core, the playground case strikes at the heart of American jurisprudence, asking, “What is #FairPlay in a pluralistic society”?
Join legal experts Erik Stanley of ADF and Daniel Mach of the American Civil Liberties Union for a debate on the merits and implications of the Trinity Lutheran case. Taking on the role of Supreme Court “justices,” USA Today’s Rich Wolf, SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe, and Bloomberg BNA’s Kimberly Robinson will moderate the debate.
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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