Apr 20, 2017
The State of Missouri prohibited a Lutheran school from receiving state funds to rehabilitate the safety aspects of a playground, and the resulting lawsuit has now reached the Supreme Court. At issue is whether or not a state can withhold “basic services” from religious schools based upon the separation of Church and state. The issue of withholding fire protection services was used as the litmus test for this controversy and was discussed before the court in oral arguments.
Even though the State of Missouri has since modified the law to accommodate religious schools, the Supreme Court is still going to rule on the case, which could have wide repercussions for vouchers and other public school aid for Christian schools.