Jul 21, 2016
Date Resolved

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors gave a tourism grant to a Catholic shrine to support the shrine’s celebration of the canonization of the shrine’s patron saint. In response to AU’s letter, the County considered a resolution that would have restricted the use of the grant money to secular items. AU sent a follow-up letter explaining that any money given to a religious shrine to support a religious event would unconstitutionally support religious activity. The shrine ultimately declined the grant because it could not agree to the restrictions on the use of the money.