On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a church/state case that could poke a large hole in the wall of separation between them.
It involves the Trinity Church of Columbia (Missouri). The church runs a Christian preschool and they wanted to renovate the playground. As it turns out, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has a special program offering money for just that reason. So the church applied for a grant in 2012.
There were 44 applicants that year, but the state only had cash to fund 14 of them and the church didn’t make the cut. Even though reports later came out that they ranked 5th out of the 44 applicants.
Muslim Group Blocks Bill Banning Child Marriages in Pakistan for Being “Anti-Islamic,” “Blasphemous”
President Obama said a few months ago, “If I presented a cure for cancer, getting legislation passed to move that forward would be a nail-biter.” He’s unfortunately right. Political pressure can derail even the most obvious of bills.
That example is hypothetical, but a real example just happened in Pakistan, where a bill to ban child marriages has been blocked by Muslim extremists.