June 26, 2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised today’s 7-2 Supreme Court ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Missouri. The court ruled against the state of Missouri, which denied Trinity Lutheran a grant to improve the playground at the church’s preschool on the basis that Trinity Lutheran is a church. Inhofe joined Congressional colleagues to submit an amicus brief in support of Trinity Lutheran in April 2016.
Inhofe also praised the court’s unanimous decision to hear President Trump’s immigration executive order, allowing portions of the order to go into effect. The ruling allows for the temporary suspension of travel to the United States from six terror-prone countries and pauses admission of refugees, unless individuals have a credible relationship with a person or entity in the United States.
“The Supreme Court’s 7-2 ruling in support of Trinity Lutheran is a clear victory for religious freedom and ensures that organizations, regardless of any religious affiliation, are guaranteed the same access to government resources,” Inhofe said. “Ensuring our religious institutions are treated equally under the law is critical in upholding our commitment to the First Amendment of the Constitution.”
I am also pleased that the Supreme Court unanimously ruled to let portions of the president’s immigration executive order go into effect. We have already seen terrorists in Europe infiltrate refugee populations to recruit others and carry out violent attacks. President Trump issued this order within his constitutional and statutory authorities to protect the safety of our nation and its citizens.”