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Missouri Governor’s Action To Permit Churches To Receive State Grants Should Spell The End of Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer

Less than a week before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in the church-state separation case Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens yesterday announced that churches are now eligible for the type of grant that was denied to Trinity.

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer: A Serious Threat To Church-State Separation

Editor’s Note: On April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, which threatens to disturb the healthy distance between religion and government. Because of the importance of this lawsuit, we’re reposting a two-part blog by Carmen Green, a Madison fellow in AU’s Legal Department, explaining the case and its church-state separation implications.

Supreme Court Next Week To Consider Case With Major Church-State Separation Implications

Editor’s Note: A week from today on April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, which threatens to disturb the healthy distance between religion and government. Because of the importance of this lawsuit, we’re reposting a two-part blog by Carmen Green, a Madison fellow in AU’s Legal Department, explaining the case and its church-state separation implications.

Here Are The Top Ten Church-State Stories From 2016

In late December, you start seeing “Top Ten” lists for the year that was. So without further ado, here are the Top Ten Church-State Stories from 2016 (in my humble opinion, at least):

Here Are Some Interesting State Races You Might Have Missed

Yesterday, AU’s Communications Director Rob Boston wrote a blog post about the Religious Right-empowered issues the United States may face if the Trump administration implements some of its campaign’s talking points, and Legislative Director Maggie Garrett discussed the results of some ballot referenda.

Missouri’s Amendment 3 Is A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

By Cynthia Holmes and The Rev. Rudy Pulido

Missouri voters will be asked to vote on several ballot initiatives on Nov. 8. As the president and vice president of  AU’s St. Louis Chapter, we hope that Missourians will vote no on Amendment 3 because it would strip religious freedom protections from our state constitution.

Amendment 3 is officially titled the Early Childhood Health and Education Amendment. Its stated purpose is to improve health care and increase access to early childhood education opportunities by implementing a tax on cigarettes.

AU Files Court Brief In Mo. Church Playground Tax-Funding Case

Missouri is not obligated to give a grant to a church for the purpose of refurbishing its religious pre­school’s playground, Americans Uni­ted said in a recent friend-of-the-court brief.

The brief was filed in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Col­um­bia, Inc. v. Pauley and submitted to the Supreme Court in July by Americans United and seven allied groups.

In the brief, the organizations explained that Missouri’s decision to offer grants only to secular organizations is not unconstitutional. 

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