The Supreme Court on Monday (April 25) heard the case of a Washington state high school football coach who left his job after school officials demanded he stop praying on the field after games.
How the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the case of coach Joe Kennedy, an 18-year Marine veteran and assistant coach for the Bremerton High School varsity football team, presents a test of what constitutes separation of church and state. The court’s decision could have implications for prayer in school sports across America.
Kennedy’s case “goes to the heart of the First Amendment,” said Paul Clement, an attorney with First Liberty Institute, a religious liberty legal firm representing the former coach.
Kennedy says the school district violated his religious freedom by telling him he couldn’t pray so publicly after the games, but the district says it was trying to avoid the appearance that the school was endorsing a religious point of view.
Read more about the case here.