“Is the government permitted to say that ‘not only will we not treat churches, religious organizations or people of faith for that matter, on the same terms as everybody else, but we’re actually going to treat you worse than everybody else.” David Cortman, Alliance Defending Freedom Vice President of US Litigation on the myths surrounding the separation of Church and State. The U.S. Supreme Court has only one religious liberty case on the docket this term, Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley. In 2013, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of the church after the state denied its application for a grant program designed to make playgrounds safer. The reason for the rejection? The playground and the pre-school adjacent to it are owned by a church. The fact that the application was very well qualified, 5th out of 44 applicants with the top 15 receiving grants, and that the playground is used by the local, lower income community, did not matter. This week ADF is hosting a symposium highlighting the case and the state of religious liberty in the United States featuring panelists on both sides of the issue. On hand for the side of Trinity Lutheran will be David Cortman, senior counsel for ADF, who joins the show to give a preview of the case and the event. You can watch the Livestream of the event this Friday at 1:00pm ET www.ADFlegal.org or livestream.com/adflive/events/6235627 “I’ve taught literally millions of people how to participate in self-government. I think I’ve built a wonderful organization of volunteers, mostly women but some men, willing to spend their time to get good laws and good politicians.” Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum. Phyllis Schlafly, godmother of the modern conservative movement, passed away on September 5th. she was perhaps best known for her efforts to stop the Equal Rights Amendment, primarily because she didn’t think it was necessary, but she was active in politics and the Republican party for more than 6 decades. Her legacy continues in next generation. Millennial and ADF Media writer Savannah Holsten wrote a piece for Alliance Defending Freedom on Schlafly’s impact and example for millennial women.