I don't see any mention in your post if this is a church playground or a playground that the church operates at a school they run or a daycare. Could you elaborate? I went to a "private school" run along religious lines however anyone was free to use the playground outside of school hours. We once were offered a gov't grant to improve our playground but when the school society found out the grant came from lottery money they declined it. In the tradition I come from independent (of gov't) schools are generally run by parents rather than the church even if run along religious lines. If the grant is for a playground one could argue that it is not promoting a particular religion.
sphere wrote:Interesting case
to kick off Justice Gorsuch's tenure on the Court. In summary, Missouri denied a Christian church's application for public grant money that would resurface their playground with a more child-friendly surface, on the grounds that the state constitution prohibits it ("no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, section or denomination of religion.")
Seems to me a reasonable outcome, given that, if I'm not mistaken, they are free to discriminate on religious grounds in terms of who they allow to use the facility. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and if Gorsuch determines the outcome.
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