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Supreme Court Backs Joe Kennedy, Coach Fired for Praying on Football Field

A 6-3 score from the Supreme Court gave Coach Joe Kennedy the victory, and a win for religious and first amendment freedoms. the Bremerton School district in Washington state fired the high school coach, who was also an assistant junior varsity coach because of his practice of praying on the field after games. The ruling today states that the school district violated Kennedy’s first amendment rights.

Praying on the 50 yard line – neutral toward either team

Though Joe Kennedy’s prayer began as him alone, gradually other students joined him. It was voluntary, after the games, and no one pressured them to come down on the field. But a member of an opposing team complained, and the whole thing slid off the rails: the school district demanded he stop the prayers. He did for a short time, but because prayer of thanksgiving after a game is important to him, he started up again. So they fired him.

Is prayer unprotected “government speech”

At issue was whether a public school employee praying alone but in view of students was engaging in unprotected “government speech,” and if it is not government speech, does it still pose a problem under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the answer to both questions is no.

“Here, a government entity sought to punish an individual for engaging in a brief, quiet, personal religious observance doubly protected by the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment. And the only meaningful justification the government offered for its reprisal rested on a mistaken view that it had a duty to ferret out and suppress,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the Court’s opinion. “Religious observances even as it allows comparable secular speech. The Constitution neither mandates nor tolerates that kind of discrimination.”

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Sports Illustrated smeared Coach Kennedy and all Christians as “attackers of democracy.” Since they obviously don’t know what the word even means, we can discount their opinion as moronic. Others slammed the Supreme Court as “illegitimate” for this ruling as well as the decision to overturn Roe v Wade.

What they’re all missing is that the Supreme Court is tasked with ruling on the basis of the Constitution, not their personal pet peeves. The Constitution is a powerful document, and these decisions are wins for that document. The 6-3 ruling doesn’t necessarily restore Joe Kennedy’s job in woke Washington state, but perhaps it will give him an avenue to recoup some of his losses. Congrats, Joe!

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H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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