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IPFS News Link • Justice and Judges

Supreme Court Upholds the Right of Churches to Steal

• by Jacob G. Hornberger

No, the Court didn't use the word "stealing" but that is the import of its ruling in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, a case in which the Court held that states cannot discriminate against churches in the granting of government funds.

Since all of us living today have been raised in what is called a welfare state, we have become accustomed to people using the political process to take money from some people in order to give it to other people. The tax-and-redistribute process has become such an established part of American life that few Americans ever think about the moral implications of what is happening.

The Trinity Lutheran Church decision provides a perfect demonstration of the corruption of morality and conscience that has accompanied the welfare state.

The church wanted to use recycled tires to surface a church playground. Ordinarily, when a church wishes to undertake a project, it initiates a fundraising drive. What Trinity Lutheran Church did in this case is go to the government and ask for a grant to do its playground project.