The U.S. Supreme Court announced March 4 that it will not review a New Jersey Supreme Court decision holding that taxpayer dollars cannot be used to fund the restoration or repair of houses of worship.
Although the court's decision not to hear the case is a win for church-state separation, there may be trouble on the horizon. Justice Brett Kavanaugh issued a statement asserting that the court should revisit the issue in the future.
New Jersey's constitution prohibits public money from being used for, among other things, building or repairing churches or places of worship. Despite this language, a county in New Jersey had awarded more than $4 million in historic-preservation grants to Christian churches over the course of a few years. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sued and won when the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the grants violated the state constitution's no-aid clause.
Americans United filed an amicus brief in the Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders case, and AU...