This week, the United States Supreme Court will hear a case out of our own backyard that wrestles with a vestige of our anti-Catholic past. In Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the State of Missouri denied a Columbia preschool access to its scrap tire recycling program to resurface its playground because of Trinity’s religious affiliation. Missouri has a constitutional provision known as a “Blaine amendment,” which bars public “aid” to religious institutions.
On April 19, The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, a case that could have far-reaching implications on the ability of the government and religious organizations to cooridinate efforts for the public good. This essay explores the background (both recent and historical) of the case, how it relates to the relationship between church and state, and what it might mean for the government to treat religious organizations neutrally as opposed to favoring or discriminating against them. Click on the link below to read the entire essay.