For Immediate Release
Rob Boston or Liz Hayes, 202.466.3234, www.au.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
Americans United Dismayed By U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer
Ruling Is A Blow To Country’s Fundamental Principle Of Church-State Separation, Religious Freedom Advocacy Group Says
WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer that the state of Missouri must give taxpayer funding to a house of worship – a blow to our country’s fundamental principle of church-state separation.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued the following statement:
“This ruling undermines the bedrock principle that no American should be forced to support a religion against his or her will. The religious freedom protections enshrined in state constitutions are worth more than resurfacing a playground.
SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT
Never Miss a Beat.
Get our best delivered to your inbox.
“Taxpayer-funded religion is bad for churches, communities and citizens. Americans United will continue to fight to buttress the church-state wall because that’s the only thing that can ensure true religious freedom for everyone.
“This ruling threatens to open the door to more taxpayer support for religion, which is at odds with our history, traditions and common sense.”
Information about AU’s work on the case is available here.
This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.
Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.
Please select a donation method:
Americans United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947, the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom.