Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer explained.

Simplifying the Supreme Court decision of June 26, 2016. 

 

Background

Trinity Lutheran Church, a preschool and daycare center, sued Missouri's Department of Natural Resources.

Trinity had applied for a state grant to resurface its playground with recycled tires.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources rejected Trinity's application because the state does not give funds to religious organizations.

Trinity said Missouri violated its right to Free Exercise of religion. Missouri said it denied the church's application because it wants to stay out of religion all together (separation of church and state).

more information

Read the full opinion.

Read about the principles of Free Exercise and Establishment (separation of church and state) implicated in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer: article in The Atlantic.