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Here Are The Top Ten Church-State Stories From 2017

There’s no denying that 2017 was a tough year for advocates of religious freedom and church-state separation. Yet despite the barrage of assaults from the Donald Trump-Mike Pence administration, Americans United saw important victories in and out of court.

As we look ahead to 2018, here’s a list of what are, in our opinion, the top 10 church-state stories from 2017:

A Hole In The Wall

The U.S. Supreme Court may have resolved one legal battle when it ruled in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer case, but the ramifications of that decision will likely be debated in courtrooms across the country for years to come.

The Supreme Court Has Decided The Trinity Lutheran Case. What Happens Now?

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the biggest church–state case of the term: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer. Americans United gave a quick run-down of the opinion when it was released, but now it’s time to look ahead at what the decision means for the future.

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions In Religious Freedom Cases Are Imminent

The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to act on several crucial religious freedom cases, all of which Americans United is involved in.

As soon as Monday and certainly by the end of next week, the court is expected to issue a ruling in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, a case that threatens to blur the lines between church and state.

AU Sounds Alarm Over Supreme Court Case Concerning Tax Funding Of Churches

On April 19, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, a case that threatens to disrupt the healthy distance between church and state when it comes to issues of tax funding.

Backed by Alliance Defending Freedom, a Religious Right legal group, Trinity Lutheran Church sued Missouri officials after the state wouldn’t allow the church to participate in a taxpayer-funded grant program to improve its playground.

Forced Support For Faith?

By The Rev. Dav­id W. Key Sr.

A case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court could dramatically affect the religious freedom of all Americans.

As a Baptist pastor and professor, I have long believed in the freedom of conscience for all people; I believe every person is made in the image of God, and is therefore given the freedom to know God and respond to God’s will. This is core to the Baptist tradition.

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