Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Schools
The religious freedom victory now could mean others in the future.
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Christian Schools

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled on its most important religious freedom case of the year, and they ruled in favor of a church.

Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer was a lawsuit brought by a Lutheran church against the director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Missouri church operated a preschool and daycare center with a playground and sought a state grant for improving its playground. The state denied the church’s request citing the First Amendment’s establishment clause, essentially arguing that giving state money to a church-operated school and daycare center would violate the First Amendment’s prohibition that government “make no law respecting the establishment of religion.” In the Supreme Court’s ruling given Monday, the government’s argument was rejected.

For more on the Supreme Court’s 7–2 decision, including what the decision might mean for religious institutions in the future, see sister-publication Christianity Today’s article covering the Court’s ruling.

This content is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is published with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. "From a Declaration of Principles jointly adopted by a Committee of the American Bar Association and a Committee of Publishers and Associations."

Due to the nature of the U.S. legal system, laws and regulations constantly change. The editors encourage readers to carefully search the site for all content related to the topic of interest and consult qualified local counsel to verify the status of specific statutes, laws, regulations, and precedential court holdings.


If you found this article helpful, subscribe to for access to more articles like this one.

Recent Posts
Subscribe to Church, Law & Tax
Safe Hiring Practices for Ministries

Safe Hiring Practices for Ministries  Subscriber access only

Essential items to consider before you bring new clergy or staff on board.
Avoiding Church Lawsuits

Avoiding Church Lawsuits Subscriber access only

Create proactive procedures to avoid common reasons why churches most often go to court.