Alliance Defending Freedom partnered with the Religious Liberty Center of the Newseum Institute to host the event, “Tire Scraps and Religious Liberty,” on Friday. This debate-style event discussed Alliance Defending Freedom’s case Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear later this month.
Here’s the background: Trinity Lutheran runs a preschool and was denied a grant to resurface its playground simply because the preschool is run by a religious organization. At issue is the question, “Should the government be able to exclude religious organizations from receiving public benefits simply because they are religious?”
ADF Senior Counsel Erik Stanley, part of Trinity Lutheran’s legal team, and the ACLU’s Daniel Mach debated the merits and implications of the case. USA Today’s Rich Wolf, SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe, and Bloomberg BNA’s Kimberly Robinson moderated the debate.
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