Churches now eligible for some public funds says Supreme Court
On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled in the Trinity Luther Church of Columbia, Inc, v. Missouri Department of Natural Resources case that religious organizations should be eligible to receive public funds for purely secular purposes such as playgrounds.
The justices ruled 7-2 that Missouri stretched the constitutional separation of church and state too far by declaring a Lutheran church ineligible to receive a competitive state grant for playground resurfacing. This ruling could affect over 30 states that prohibit public funds from going to any religious organizations.
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