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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer
Citation:137 S. Ct. 2012 (2017)
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources offered state grants to educational institutions and nonprofits to purchase playground surfaces made from recycled tires. Petitioner Trinity Lutheran Church operated a preschool and daycare center on church property. The Center admitted students of any religion. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources had a policy of disqualifying churches and other religious organizations from receiving grants for the resurfacing program, in accordance with the Missouri Constitution, which provides that “ . . . no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion . . . and that no preference shall be given to nor any discrimination made against any church, sect or creed of religion, or any form of religious faith or worship.”
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