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Here Are The Top Ten Church-State Stories From 2016

In late December, you start seeing “Top Ten” lists for the year that was. So without further ado, here are the Top Ten Church-State Stories from 2016 (in my humble opinion, at least):

AU Files Court Brief In Mo. Church Playground Tax-Funding Case

Missouri is not obligated to give a grant to a church for the purpose of refurbishing its religious pre­school’s playground, Americans Uni­ted said in a recent friend-of-the-court brief.

The brief was filed in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Col­um­bia, Inc. v. Pauley and submitted to the Supreme Court in July by Americans United and seven allied groups.

In the brief, the organizations explained that Missouri’s decision to offer grants only to secular organizations is not unconstitutional. 

Taxing Case: Pending Supreme Court Controversy Could Lead To More Public Support For Religion

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part blog post by Carmen Green, a Madison Fellow in AU’s Legal Department. Read the second part here.

Back in January, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that has the potential to change church-state law dramatically – and not for the better.