BJC’S Hollman Addresses Reporters After Supreme Court Hears Church Funding Arguments

By Don Byrd

Written by Don Byrd

Following this morning’s U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, the Baptist Joint Committee’s General Counsel, Holly Hollman, gave a statement to reporters outside the court, explaining that Missouri “has drawn the right line to protect against the government funding of religious exercise.”

Here is an excerpt from her remarks, laying out the stakes of this significant church funding case. You can also watch her share further reaction to the case in a new video below.

Churches are by definition expressions of religion — organized for religious exercise. That’s why churches are, and should be, given special treatment. It is a necessary protection for religious liberty, not a mark of hostility or discrimination against religion.

Religion has a special place in our constitutional tradition, a place that is protected by separating the institutions of religion and government. The U.S. Supreme Court has never upheld direct government grants to churches, much less required a state to provide such funding.

This case is about whether the state has to pay for the property improvements of a church, despite nearly 200 years of precedent and many practical considerations that argue otherwise.”

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