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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer
Citation:137 S. Ct. 2012 (2017)
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The Trinity Lutheran Church Child Learning Center is a preschool and daycare center and serves working families. The Center includes a playground, of which its entire surface is coarse pea gravel. Because of the danger of gravels on youngsters, the Center wanted to replace the pea gravel with rubber surface. When the Church applied the Department’s funding program, the Department rejected because it had a strict policy of denying grants to any applicant owned by a church. The Church sued the Department in federal district court, alleging that the Department’s failure to approve the Church’s application violates the Free Exercise Clause.
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