Professor Wilson authored a second op-ed that appeared on May 26, 2017 on the Cato Institute's blog, Cato Unbound. Her essay is part of the May issue, "Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Liberty."
"lya Shapiro and K. Hollyn Hollman push us to think more carefully about when 'no establishment' values slip over from preventing government actions with a 'predominant purpose of advancing religion' into singling out religion for special disadvantage. In one sense, Trinity Lutheran is an easy case.
"How can a state commit funds to make playgrounds safer from the predictable falls and scrapes children experience, but withhold that good from children who attend religious schools or play on their playgrounds? As Justice Elena Kagan framed the issue during oral argument, 'the question is whether some people can be disentitled from applying to that program and from receiving that money if they are qualified based on other completely nonreligious attributes, and they’re disqualified solely because they are a religious institution doing religious things.' One would hope the Court rejects a vision of America where religious people alone are disqualified from public benefits available to everyone else."
Read the full op-ed at Cato Unbound.
Note: The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Illinois College of Law.