Washington – Supreme Court Judged Monday The high school football coach has the constitutional right to pray in the 50-yard line after his team’s games.
Three Liberal members of the court voted against.
The lawsuit was probably funded by the Constitution, which barred public servants from having the right to freedom of expression and expression of their beliefs, as well as the ability of public employers to control religion and control speech in the workplace. The decision was tense with decades of Supreme Court precedents that prevented students from being pressured into participating in religious activities.
The lawsuit was filed by Joseph Kennedy, an assistant coach at a public high school in Wash., Primordon, near Seattle. For eight years, Mr. Kennedy had a habit of praying after games, and students often joined him. He presided and attended prayers in the locker room, a practice he later abandoned and never argued in the Supreme Court.
In 2015, Mr. To the principal of Kennedy’s school, Mr. Following his thought that allowing Kennedy to pray on the field was “very wonderful”, the school committee, Mr. His duties or the students involved. Mr. Both sides disagree on whether Kennedy complied.
A school official suggested that the coach’s contract should not be renewed during the 2016 season, and Mr. Kennedy did not reapply for the post.
On both sides Mr. Kennedy provided completely different accounts of what happened in the final months, complicating the work of the Supreme Court. He said he only tried to offer a brief, silent and solitary prayer that was slightly different from saying mercy before eating at the school cafeteria. Kennedy said. The school board responded that the general nature of his prayers, and his status as a leader and role model, compelled students to participate regardless of their religion, whether they like it or not.
For the past 60 years, the Supreme Court has rejected prayer in public schools, at least when it is officially required or as part of a formal ceremony such as a high school graduation. Recently 2000, The court ruled Prayers conducted by students at high school football games violated the First Amendment’s ban on establishing religion by the state.
Judge John Paul Stevens wrote to the majority, “Giving a prayer in advance has the detrimental effect of forcing one to participate in the act of worship.”
Kennedy’s lawyers said Those school prayer paradigms are not appropriate because they cover government talk. Mr. The key question in Kennedy’s case is whether government employees are giving up their own right to free speech and free use of religion in the workplace.
The school district, its attorneys responded, Mr. Kennedy has the right to demand that we stop praying just like he did. “Regardless of whether Kennedy’s public speech is official, it can be regulated by the district,” the school district’s Supreme Court summary said. “His prayer practice gained control of the district over the district’s own events, interfered with students’ religious freedom, and put the district at considerable legal risk.”
A judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Round in San Francisco, the school district noted. Had criticized Mr. He called it “a fraudulent story” created by Kennedy’s lawyers.
Mr. Kennedy, the judge, was never regulated for making silent, personal prayers. Milan d. Smith Jr., Wrote last year. Instead, the judge wrote about a game, Mr. Kennedy “prayed aloud in the middle of the football field,” and when it was over, he was “surrounded by players, members of the opposition, parents, members of local politicians and news outlets. The media with television cameras recording the event, local news and social media all informed Kennedy of his intended actions.”
When the Supreme Court refused to hear an earlier appeal in this case in 2019, four judges Expressed concerns Mr. About how Kennedy was treated.
“The Ninth Circuit’s understanding of the freedom of speech of public school teachers is worrying and may justify future review,” said Judge Samuel A. Schmidt. Alito Jr. wrote at the time that the judges should wait for more information about the “important”. Unsolved factual questions. “He was accompanied by Justices Neil M. Korsch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas.
After further action, the Ninth Circuit again ruled to the School Board. This time, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. Kennedy v. Bremerton School DistrictNo. 21-418.