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The US Supreme Court just sided with religion in one of the most important church and state cases of our time

SCOTUS Rules Religious School Can Use Taxpayer Dollars To Resurface Playground

On the other are religious people and companies who say the government should not force them to choose between the requirements of their faiths and their livelihoods. She offered examples of the high court protecting persecuted groups from religiously motivated discrimination in the past, such as when it rejected private, religious schools' efforts to stop black students from enrolling. Now that it has, the states, in fact, all governmental entities, will have to provide aid in situations they never dreamed possible.

The district filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in September 2015. Roberts likened the law applied to Trinity Lutheran to a Tennessee law that disqualified ministers from serving as delegates to the State's constitutional convention.

It's unclear how Monday's ruling could shape future legal challenges to states' school choice programs. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said excluding Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified exclusively because it is a church is odious to our Constitution. Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts stated, "The outcome is, in all likelihood, a few extra scraped knees".

He also argued the ruling maintains neutrality and supports groups who work for the public good.

"We should all celebrate the fact that programs created to help students will no longer be discriminated against by the government based exclusively on religious affiliation", DeVos said after the justices ruled Monday that Missouri violated the First Amendment in denying the grant. But McGinnis said the state can put safeguards in place to prevent discrimination on religious grounds. This order can not be applied to other kinds of discrimination or religious utilization of funding. The Justices, however, did not go as far as whether this ruling is applicable to the school voucher programs.

However, there are no ongoing court cases similar to the Trinity Lutheran case in IL, according to the ACLU spokesman. The stakes are higher.

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Demands for religious exemptions from civil rights laws are not new.

The Illinois law on whether religious schools can access taxpayer funds is pretty clear - they can't, except in some specific circumstances where they use it indirectly.

The couples sued, but the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled in the state's favor.

The case, one of the most closely watched of the term, pitted two parts of the First Amendment against one another - freedom of religion and separation of church and state. "Businesses should not be allowed to violate the law and discriminate against us because of who we are and who we love".

Justice Sotomayor clearly disagreed-so much so that she chose to end her dissent in this case not with the traditional "I respectfully dissent", but rather with an emphatic "I dissent".

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