>> A major ruling from the US Supreme Court Monday that could weaken the wall separating church and state. The high court saying that Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Missouri, can use state money to resurface its playground, reversing a lower court's decision. Chief Justice John Roberts writing for the majority, which included liberal justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan that quote, 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 all the same and cannot stand.
Trinity Lutheran had sued the state after being denied taxpayer dollars due to a provision in Missouri's constitution that bars state funding for religious entities. The case never a simple playground dispute. The victory for Trinity Lutheran also a potential win for religious conservatives who would like to see government money, among other things, pay for children to attend private religious schools.
The only dissenters Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor. The latter taking the rare step of reading her dissent from the bench, saying the Supreme Court has now profoundly changed the relationship between church and state, adding it's decision quote, slights both our precedents and our history.