Wagner Statement on Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer

Jun 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTONCongresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of commonsense religious freedom in its landmark 7-2 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer:

“The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ discrimination against Trinity Lutheran Church Child Learning Center—solely because of the center’s religious affiliation—is a clear infringement on the free exercise of religion in Missouri. I applaud the Supreme Court for siding with religious freedom and Trinity Lutheran Church, and I stand with the many faith-based organizations across Missouri that provide valuable services to the community. As stated in Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion of the Court, ‘the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution…and cannot stand.’”