It's OK in MO to discriminate against faith?

Monday, July 25, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

playgroundLawyers for the state of Missouri have, in so many words, told the Supreme Court that the state has the right to discriminate against people of faith and religious organizations.

The case involves the state of Missouri denying funds for safer playground surface materials to a faith-based Christian church school because it is religious. Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom says state officials, in a written brief, told the U.S. Supreme Court that its constitution requires discrimination against people of faith.

"It just proves that this is unconstitutional for a state to really discriminate against a church solely based on its religious status," he adds.

Stanley says the state is relying upon its constitution's Blaine Amendment, an antiquated law that originally was used to discriminate against Catholic schools.

Stanley, Erik (ADF)"One of the points that we've been making in this case is that no state constitution can violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution," the attorney tells OneNewsNow. "... Missouri [can rely] upon its state constitution ... as long as it also doesn't violate the First Amendment – but in this case it does."

In an earlier legal brief, ADF argued Missouri's position on the matter "violates the United States Constitution's free exercise and equal protection guarantees."

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