The Supreme Court on Monday sided with a high school football coach who lost his job after praying over the 50-yard line after games, arguing that his speech was First Amendment. most protected.
In the incident, Kennedy sued Bremerton School District over concerns over whether the high school football coach’s post-game prayer constituted government or private speech. The coach lost his job at a Washington public high school for prayers, which his attorney argued was protected by the Constitution’s guarantees of freedom of speech and exercise. present religion. On the other hand, the school district argues that the coach’s prayers pose a risk to the district, possibly in violation of the First Amendment’s founding provision, which prohibits the government from favoring the religion more. other religions, among other concerns.
In their 6-3 ruling on lines of thought, the judges held that coaches have a constitutional right to pray after their teams’ games.
“Joseph Kennedy lost his job as a high school football coach because he knelt down in midfield after games to pray a silent prayer of thanks,” Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. “He quietly offered a prayer while his students were busy. Either way, the Bremerton School District disciplined him. It does so because it thinks anything less could lead a reasonable observer to conclude (erroneously) that it espouses Mr.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, author of dissent, starring Justice Stephen Breyer and Justice Elena Kagan, writes that “This Court has consistently recognized that prayer-headed school officials are constitutionally unacceptable.”
Sotomayor writes: “Officially-led prayer is at the core of our constitutional safeguards for the religious freedom of students and their parents, as embodied in both the Articles of Succession. Constitution and the Free Execution Clause of the First Amendment,” wrote Sotomayor. “The court has now charted a different path, but has focused almost exclusively on the Freedom of Execution Clause’s defense of individual religious practice while briefly criticizing its prohibition. Article of Incorporation for the religious establishment of the state.”
The ruling is the latest in a string of Supreme Court decisions in favor of religion, made last week that the Maine school voucher program, which prohibits religious schools from participating, is in violation of the law. donation – could prelude to the relaxation of restrictions on the use of public education dollars for religious schools.
The decisions also come after a high court in April unanimously ruled that the city of Boston violated a Christian group’s right to free speech by refusing to fly their flag outside city hall. main.
“Our Constitution and best traditions advocate mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, of religious and non-religious views alike,” Gorsuch wrote. in Monday’s ruling.
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