6 Years Later, Church Finally Gets its New Playground Surface

Do you remember the Trinity Lutheran Church Supreme Court case?

In 2012, Trinity Lutheran Church applied to participate in the Playground Scrap Tire Surface Materials Grant Program, offered by the State of Missouri. The grant program, open to all nonprofits in the state, recycles scrap tires into rubber playground surfaces.

Trinity Lutheran had no reason to believe its application would be denied. The state ranked Trinity Lutheran fifth out of 44 applicants.

But then the state claimed a provision in its constitution forbids government aid to religion. So it disqualified Trinity Lutheran Church from being eligible for a grant. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit on behalf of Trinity Lutheran, and the case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In June 2017, the Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran.  In June 2017, the Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Trinity Lutheran. This big win helped to ensure that the government cannot treat people of faith worse than everyone else simply because they are religious.

Earlier this month, six years after they originally applied for the grant, Trinity Lutheran finally got its long-awaited playground surface!


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