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Another WIN – Supreme Court reaffirms religious freedom, sides with praying football coach

Published in Blog on June 26, 2022 by Brianna Kraemer

After a historic week for the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court issued its newest decision Monday, reaffirming the right to religious freedom and expression in America.

The court ruled 6-3 Monday that former high school assistant football coach Joe Kennedy had a right to pray on the field after football games, something the high school said he was not allowed to do publicly. The Washington state school district said they were trying to avoid the appearance that the school was endorsing a religious viewpoint. 

Kennedy, who lost his job as a result of his repeated prayers, said the school district violated his First Amendment right to freedom of religious expression. 

The court explained that Kennedy’s prayers were private and personal expression that were not official acts of promoting religion at school. 

In writing for the majority opinion in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote: 

“Both the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the 1st Amendment protect expressions like Mr. Kennedy’s. Nor does a proper understanding of the Amendment’s Establishment Clause require the government to single out private religious speech for special disfavor. The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, for religious and nonreligious views alike.”

This comes as the Supreme Court has had a huge week in the news regarding gun rights and abortion rights in the U.S., which gave power back to state governments. 

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