Trinity Lutheran Statement

The SCOTUS ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church is a victory for all people of faith and for religious freedom!

NC Values Coalition Statement

for immediate release:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church in a landmark religious liberty case, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia Inc. v. Comer, ruling that states cannot deny a public benefit to a church simply because of its religious status. Trinity Lutheran Church was denied government funds for its community preschool playground due to a Missouri provision that prohibits state funding for religious entities. The church’s contention that the government funds were used for a secular purpose—ensuring preschool children’s safety—was persuasive to the Court.

"The SCOTUS ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church is a victory for all people of faith and for religious freedom! It upholds a longstanding Constitutional principle that government programs should be applied equally, in spite of the religious status of some recipients. Religious institutions should be treated equally in the public square, and it is not an “establishment of religion” to allow them to receive the same benefits as everyone else. Throughout our nation’s history, churches have been at the forefront of serving their communities. Many of our nation's greatest hospitals, universities and charitable organizations were established by the church, and today's ruling confirms that —whether religious or not—no one should be disadvantaged simply because of what they believe."

"In addition to today's ruling, NC Values Coalition also applauds the Justices’ decision to hear the Masterpiece Cake Shop case over a Christian baker's freedom to exclusively bake wedding cakes for ceremonies between one man and one women."