SCOTUS TOUCHDOWN: Football Coaches Have Constitutional Right to Pray
The Supreme Court sided with Coach Joe Kennedy Monday in a 6-3 landmark free speech and religious liberty case.
Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion.
“The Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect an individual engaging in a personal religious observance from government reprisal; the Constitution neither mandates nor permits the government to suppress such religious expression,” Gorsuch said.
Click here to read the full opinion.
Kennedy sued Bremerton School District in Washington after he was fired for praying at the 50-yard line after games.
Well, dropkick me Jesus through the goalposts of life! The Supreme Court says a high school football coach can take a knee to pray! Congrats Coach Joe Kennedy and @1stLiberty— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 27, 2022
The way I see it – if it’s legal for a coach to drop to a knee to protest America, it should be legal for a coach to drop to a knee to pray. We are “One Nation Under God” — at least that what is says on the dollar bill in my wallet.
There’s no doubt that former President Trump deserves credit. His nominees to the Supreme Court protected religious liberty.
But most of the credit should go to First Liberty Institute. – Coach Kennedy’s legal team.
In the face of great adversity, First Liberty fought the good fight. They played to the whistle and they won the game.
“This is a tremendous victory for Coach Kennedy and religious liberty for all Americans,” said Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO, and Chief Counsel for First Liberty. “Our Constitution protects the right of every American to engage in private religious expression, including praying in public, without fear of getting fired. We are grateful that the Supreme Court recognized what the Constitution and law have always said – American’s are free to live out their faith in public.”
Paul Cement, former U.S. Solicitor General and First Liberty network attorney who argued Kennedy’s case before the Justices, said, “After seven long years, Coach Kennedy can finally return to the place he belongs – coaching football and quietly praying by himself after the game. This is a great victory for Coach Kennedy and the First Amendment.”
In response to today’s opinion, Coach Kennedy said, “This is just so awesome. All I’ve ever wanted was to be back on the field with my guys. I am incredibly grateful to the Supreme Court, my fantastic legal team, and everyone who has supported us. I thank God for answering our prayers and sustaining my family through this long battle.”
“ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT,” the House Judiciary GOP tweeted.
ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT. https://t.co/B7gVhMN7MD— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 27, 2022
The Supreme Court is pro-God, pro-guns and pro-babies. God Bless America!— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 27, 2022
HUGE decision for religious freedom.— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) June 27, 2022
The Court takes a hammer to the wall that is the misguided doctrine of separation of church and state.
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