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The Supreme Court strikes down a major church-state barrier

from The Atlantic

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state of Missouri cannot deny public funds to a church simply because it is a religious organization. Seven justices affirmed the judgment in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, albeit with some disagreement about the reasoning behind it. The major church-state case could potentially expand the legal understanding of the free-exercise clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It is also the first time the Supreme Court has ruled that governments must provide money directly to a house of worship, which could have implications for future policy fights — including funding for private, religious charter schools. more


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