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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.

AU Legal Director Argues Nevada Voucher Case

A new voucher scheme in Nevada violates the state constitution by directing taxpayer funds to sectarian schools, AU Legal Director Richard B. Katskee told the Nevada Supreme Court in July.

AU and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada are representing five state residents in the Duncan v. State of Nevada case. The groups cite the “no-aid” clause of the state constitution, which forbids giving tax funds to religious institutions. A lower court upheld the program, but AU and the ACLU appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.

Fla. Folly: State Court Punts On Challenge To Program Offering Tax Credits For Donations To Religious School ‘Scholarship’ Funds

A Florida court just threw out an appeal brought by Americans United and its allies challenging a school-voucher-like program that provides taxpayer support for religious organizations. As disappointing as that outcome is, it’s doubly frustrating to see a second Sunshine State court fail to even consider the merits of the case.

Mo. Church Has No Right To Taxpayer Funds, Americans United And Allies Tell U.S. Supreme Court

High Court Should Uphold State ‘No-Aid’ Clauses, Coalition Says

Missouri is not obligated to give a grant to a church for the purpose of refurbishing its religious preschool’s playground, Americans United for Separation of Church and State says.

In a friend-of-the-court brief in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley submitted today to the U.S. Supreme Court by Americans United and seven allied groups, the organizations explain that Missouri’s decision to offer grants only to secular organizations is not unconstitutional. 

Bad Ballot Initiative: Okla. Voters Could Open Floodgates Of Taxpayer Funding For Religious Groups

Oklahoma voters in November will face a radical ballot initiative that could, if passed, alter the state’s constitution to allow taxpayer money to flow directly into the coffers of sectarian institutions.

Last week, Oklahoma lawmakers approved SJR 72, which has been advertised as an amendment that would allow government-sponsored religious displays on public land. But the change might do much more than that if it is approved by voters this fall.