After arguments on Wednesday, U.S. Supreme Court justices seemed to lean in favor of a Columbia church in the case of whether a church’s preschool should be allowed to receive a state grant.
Wednesday’s arguments were the culmination of a five-year battle between Trinity Lutheran Church and the state of Missouri over whether to allow the church to receive a grant to resurface its preschool’s playground, which has turned into a landmark case for religious freedom and separation between church and state.
Questions from the justices on Wednesday centered around the line between preventing discrimination while also preserving the separation between church and state.
Little mention was made of the fact that Gov. Eric Greitens reversed the state’s policy on the grant last week. Greitens said the policy was discriminatory toward churches.