After arguments, Supreme Court leans toward Columbia church in religious freedom case

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.

Following his reversal, it was unclear whether the Supreme Court would still hear the case or if it had become moot. Both the church and state filed briefs yesterday urging the court to decide the case.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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