Lamborn Supports SCOTUS Decision in Favor of Religious Liberty

June 27, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Lamborn has issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision regarding Trinity Lutheran, a significant religious freedom case:

"I am pleased to see that the nation's highest court honors the free exercise of religion established by our Founders in the Constitution. The most recent decision by the Supreme Court in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer rightfully affirms that state entities cannot deny certain benefits to an organization solely because it is affiliated with a particular faith. I am grateful for the freedoms we enjoy in the United States, and I pledge to do all in my power to support religious freedom in Congress."

- Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

Background: Quotes from Chief Justice Roberts' Opinion

"The State in this case expressly requires Trinity Lutheran to renounce its religious character in order to participate in an otherwise generally available public benefit program, for which it is fully qualified. Our cases make clear that such a condition imposes a penalty on the free exercise of religion that must be subjected to the "most rigorous" scrutiny. Lukumi, 508 U. S., at 546.4"

"The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has not subjected anyone to chains or torture on account of religion. And the result of the State's policy is nothing so dramatic as the denial of political office. The consequence is, in all likelihood, a few extra scraped knees. But 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."

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