I guess I don’t understand the concept of separation of church and state. To me, separation means separation. Anything else is not separation. If it is OK for the state to pay (with our taxes) for playground upgrades at a religious preschool for the safety of the children, where do you draw the line? (April 16, 4A, “Greitens’ shift may simplify court case”)
Religious preschools and parochial schools exist to teach a specific religion along with other studies. Since the state is not allowed to sponsor any religion, no monies should be given to a church to enhance its ability to teach religion.
These students have every right to attend public schools that might be safer than the religious schools they attend. If the church wants to upgrade its facilities, it should not come from taxpayer monies. If the Supreme Court decides in favor of Trinity Lutheran in Columbia, Mo., then the slope has just become even more slippery.
Note from KBJ: By Bob Siegele's logic, the fire department may not put out a fire at the local church. Talk about a slippery slope!