SCOTUS Rules Religious School Can Use Taxpayer Dollars To Resurface Playground
SCOTUS Rules Religious School Can Use Taxpayer Dollars To Resurface Playground
Children play on the playground at the Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center in Columbia Mo.
Courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom
28 June, 2017, 15:07
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.
The majority opinion mentions, but does not rule upon, language in the Missouri Constitution associated with the "Blaine Amendments" added to most state constitutions beginning in the late 19th century: "That no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church".
Said Chief Justice John Roberts in the decision, "the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, exclusively because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution all the same, and can not stand".
The Supreme Court's decision in the Trinity Lutheran case "marks a great day for the Constitution and sends a clear message that religious discrimination in any form can not be tolerated in a society that values the First Amendment, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a longtime proponent of voucher programs, said in a statement".
Several justices wrote separate opinions, differing on various legal points but agreeing with the main point of the ruling. In her dissenting opinion, Justice Sotomayor argued that the decision radically changes what she believes was the previously held relationship between church and state. For now, the court has resoundingly affirmed that churches provide a great deal of public services going well beyond any explicitly religious mission and deserve to be treated like any other comparable charitable organizations in the public square.
The Court's decision establishes that religious institutions with a secular intent may not be excluded from state programs.
Rather the justices decided the Missouri case by narrowly focusing on the fact that the preschool was turned down for a state grant for rubberizing its playground exclusively because it was run by a church. It prohibits states and the federal government from treating religious groups differently from other private organizations, but it does not require government funding of religious organizations.
"It is also significant that this understanding of the First Amendment was shared by seven members of the Court", Moreland said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Today the Supreme Court stood up for religious liberty around the country. But they emphasized that the court's majority opinion was narrowly written, and does not broach questions about whether taxpayer dollars may be used for religious purposes such as religious education. "The general principles here do not permit discrimination against religious exercise - whether on the playground or anywhere else".
The state program gives grants to nonprofits seeking a safer recreational environment for children. It instead asserts a right to participate in a government benefit program without having to disavow its religious character. "If religious freedom means anything, it is that government may not discriminate against churches exclusively because they are churches".
As for the Radeon RX Vega, we'll have to wait for wait until late July to get more details on that gamer-centric graphics card. After months of leaks and rumours the first Vega core AMD GPUs have finally hit the shelves.
The US Department of Homeland Security said it was monitoring the attacks and coordinating with other countries. Some U.S. companies, including food producer Mondelēz worldwide and drug-maker Merck, were also affected.
Kaufmann said, estimating that about 40 percent of his Christian Democratic colleagues favored allowing same-sex marriage. But, defending his SPD party boss, its parliamentary group head Thomas Oppermann said Schulz has struck the right tone.
It seems like that's not the case as the company has earlier promised the Android O update for OnePlu 3 and 3T. The team chose to focus on 1080p stabilization as well as stabilization for the selfie camera.
Finally, Wells Fargo & Company reissued a hold rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Sunday, June 4th. Lowe Brockenbrough & Company Inc increased Wal Mart Stores Inc Com (WMT) stake by 109.24% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing.
The latest survey results showed that more positive views of the USA were expressed by Canadians on the political right. Meanwhile, 64 percent expressed confidence in former President Barack Obama's presidency on the same parameters.
The Congressional Budget Office on Monday predicted that 22 million people will lose coverage if the Senate bill becomes law. Moderates say they can't vote for a bill that would see the number of uninsured Americans balloon to pre-Obamacare levels.
Disney is used to adoring fans but one man has topped them all, visiting its California theme park 2,000 days in a row. Many times he says he'll just walk around or find a place to sit and watch people while listening to the area music.
As it turns out, the new tax structure that promises to simplify our current one is more or less a mixed bag. On inter-State supplies, an Integrated GST (IGST) will be levied by the Central Government.
He is suspected of murdering his son, Aramazd Andressian, Jr ., who went missing from South Pasadena , California in April 2017. Authorities say Andressian and Aramazd were last seen late on April 20 when they visited Disneyland in Anaheim , California .
Palestinian terror group Hamas has rejected the Islamic State's claim on an attack which killed an Israeli police officer Friday. In the second incident, a Palestinian fatally stabbed a border policewoman before being shot dead by police.
Rand Paul Says Trump Open to His Health Care Ideas
Vice President Mike Pence will also host four senators Tuesday night for dinner at the Naval Observatory: Sens. Senator McConnell had been pushing for a vote ahead of the July 4 recess that starts at the end of the week.
Theresa May wants 'major national inquiry' after Grenfell fire
Addressing a meeting of her cabinet, May promised "a major national investigation" in how this had happened, her spokesman said. A strict Government interpretation of building regulations has been blamed for scores of high-rise towers failing fire tests.
LGBT activists, Diocese will watch Supreme Court case closely
The landmark case was taken up on Monday - two years to the day after America's top court legalised same-sex marriage nationwide. Runkles-Pearson said the Sweet Cakes by Melissa case, and others like it, are challenges to anti-discrimination laws.
Cyprus showdown talks seek fix for decades-old crisis
An agreement reached in 2004 was supported by Turkish Cypriots but overwhelmingly rejected by the island's Greek speakers. Eide said that the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot positions still diverge on the issue of security and guarantees.
Senate GOP shelves health bill, imperils 'Obamacare' repeal
"But we're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place" to vote for the measure, McConnell said . While Democratic opposition to the bill, as expected, is high, GOP support for the Senate GOP's plan is very soft.
Bromance as Trump and Modi hail friendship at first talks
On security issues, both US and Indian leaders emphasised the importance of combating terrorism, including intelligence exchanges. Trump's meet was high on agenda important for the U.S. like jobs creation, business deals in defence, energy and airlines.