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One News Now: Attorney Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom says ADF has discovered the state had approved other church-run centers on 15 other occasions.
ADF to court: Mo. can’t arbitrarily choose which Christian pre-school qualifies for scrap tire program
ADF Media: An Alliance Defending Freedom attorney and allied attorney representing a Columbia, Missouri, Christian pre-school and daycare center will be available for media interviews Thursday following oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.
One News Now: Eric Stanley of ADF calls it “very far-fetched” that the ACLU suggests giving tires to a church preschool promotes religion. – See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2014/08/01/aclu-sides-with-mo-over-denying-daycare-application#.U9wG9PldWOA
OneNewsNow: “‘We think clearly what the state is doing here is discriminating against churches, because they will not allow this daycare to participate in the recycled tire program simply because it’s connected to a church,’ [Joel Oster] offers. ‘If it were not connected to a church, it’s unquestioned they would be entitled to participate. So this is blatant discrimination.’”
Columbia Daily Tribune: “‘Even under the Missouri Constitution, it says there should not be any discrimination solely because of a church’s religious faith,’ and ‘kit . . . violates the U.S. Constitution because it shows a hostility toward religion, and the state is mandated to remain neutral toward religion,’ said Erik Stanley, an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF.”
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit Tuesday in a federal lawsuit filed against Missouri officials on behalf of a Columbia Christian pre-school and daycare center.
Religion Clause Blog: In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Pauley, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147674 (WD MO, Sept. 26, 2013), a Missouri federal district court upheld the policy of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Management Program to exclude from its Scrap Tire Program any organization controlled by a church or by a religious sect or denomination.
Alan Sears at Alliance Defending Freedom: Our children are under legal attack. Across the country, a slew of efforts are underway to punish youngsters for the faith of their parents … to intimidate children and their parents out of any public expression of their faith … and to circumvent even the most innocuous program that might somehow benefit Christian children in school.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have filed a federal lawsuit to challenge the exclusion of a Christian pre-school and daycare center from a Missouri program that provides recycled tires for children’s playgrounds. Although the state highly ranked the center as qualified for the program, it denied its application solely because it is run by a church.