Laxalt prays for Missouri

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt has joined an 18-state brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that Missouri should subsidize a religious pre-school.

At issue is a Missouri program to reimburse schools that pave playgrounds with recycled rubber tire pavement. Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia applied for funding to pave its playground and was denied.

The brief filed by the 18 state attorneys general argues that the program is not religious and so does not run afoul of any prohibitions on state-funded religion. “[C]hurch status was irrelevant to the program’s purposes and … in this case Missouri offers no supportable basis for its actions.”