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Discussion event: Supreme Court's decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017
WHO: : David Cortman, senior counsel and vice president of U.S. litigation, Alliance Defending Freedom; Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo.; Russell Moore, president, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; and Kevin Smith, executive director, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware

WHAT: : Capitol Conversations with ERLC and Alliance Defending Freedom: The Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran Decision

WHEN: : Thursday, June 29, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT*

WHERE: : Capitol Hill, Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave. SW, Rooms 2044 and 2045, Washington


Adam Liptak of The New York Times described Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer as “the term’s remaining marquee case.” While Trinity Lutheran involved a state program to improve the safety of playgrounds, the case has far-reaching implications for churches and other faith-based ministries. The U.S. Supreme Court has now made it clear that the government cannot exclude religious organizations from secular programs just because those organizations are religious.

What will be the impact of the high court’s decision? What are the ramifications for the nation and, in particular, the faith-based community? Join ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman, who argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of Trinity Lutheran Church; Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who represents Missouri’s 4th Congressional District (including Columbia); and other distinguished panelists at this important ERLC-sponsored conversation about religious freedom.

Members of the media are invited to attend. Please register via Eventbrite.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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