The London Economist, of all sources, has published a description of the arguments in the Supreme Court in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church vs. Pauley (and the State of Missouri).
The report said that the argument seemed to go in the church’s favor, with even liberal justices expressing skepticism about the state of Missouri’s reasoning in refusing to allow the church to participate in a grant for shredded tires to use for playground padding for its preschool.
The justices asked the state’s attorney if providing a church police and fire protection would also violate its church-state separation law. The attorney reportedly couldn’t come up with a good answer.
The new guy on the court, Justice Gorsuch, also seemed sympathetic to the LCMS institution.
Read the description of the arguments after the jump.
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