In the first religious liberty case facing the U.S. Supreme Court since the successful appointment of Neil Gorsuch, justices on the nine-member court indicated that Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri should be allowed to apply for the state grant program that helps nonprofit groups buy rubber playground surfaces made from recycled tires. The church runs a preschool and daycare center. Trinity Lutheran has argued that Missouri’s policy violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of free exercise of religion and equal protection under the law. Newest Justice Gorsuch signaled support for the church by asking why it is acceptable for Missouri to discriminate against religious entities in some instances, such as with the playground program, but not in other circumstances, including the provision of safety and health services. “The church isn’t asking for favorable treatment. It is asking to be treated the same as every other nonprofit,” said David Cortman, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom that is representing Trinity Lutheran in court
SCRIPTURE: Hosea 12:6.
PRAY: Justice Gorsuch upholds the Constitution.
ACTION: Go to the Salt & Light table. Write a postcard: “Dear Justice Gorsuch, Congratulations on your appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. I look forward to your fulfilling your promise to uphold the U.S. Constitution.”
Justice Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Supreme Court, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20543.