Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center
What it's like to fight for a safe playground—and religious liberty.
Who would ever think that a Supreme Court case would involve preschoolers, playgrounds, scrap tire materials, and religious freedom? Up until a few years ago, Annette Kiehne of Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center certainly didn’t.
But soon, Trinity Lutheran would be the focus of one.
When Kiehne learned that the Missouri Department of Natural Resource had launched a grant program to recycle scrap tire materials into playground chips, she contacted the agency to ensure her school was eligible. Meeting all the requirements, she applied and soon learned that Trinity Lutheran was ranked fifth out of fifty-four applicants based on the agency’s criteria. But when the award period came, Kiehne and others at Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center learned that their application had been denied solely because they were religious.
We spoke with Kiehne about the decision to take on this case and what it was like to fight for a safe playground—and religious liberty.
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