Supreme Court Asked to Review Case Over Firing of Religious Coach

Supreme Court Asked to Review Case Over Firing of Religious Coach

( – The First Amendment protects Americans’ rights to speak freely, practice religion, peaceably assemble, and more. But, nearly every day, citizens face situations that threaten their freedoms in various ways. One such instance took place in Washington State, where a school district fired a high school coach when he conducted a silent prayer after a football match. Now, Americans are rallying behind the coach to protect his freedoms.

In 2015, the Bremerton School District told coach Joe Kennedy that his silent, 15-second prayers he had conducted since his arrival in 2008, posed “a genuine risk…for violating the federal and state constitutional rights of students.”

Kennedy chose to continue praying, and the district quickly released him from employment, citing he was acting as a public employee at the time and could not encourage religious practices in that role. The beloved coach quickly filed a complaint against the school, and the case is likely making its way to the Supreme Court (SCOTUS).

The Global Liberty Alliance, a conservative legal defense foundation, is just one of the many groups rallying behind Kennedy as he tries to get SCOTUS to review his case:

SCOTUS previously denied the case in 2019 and asked for clarification. At that time, however, four justices put their names on a statement revealing doubt regarding the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that protected the school’s decision.

On October 19, 24 attorneys general filed an amicus brief, hoping to escalate the matter. Ken Paxton (R-TX), Treg Taylor (R-AK) and Mark Brnovich (R-AZ) led the petition, calling for a review into the Ninth Circuit’s conclusion on the case.

With the current SCOTUS makeup, the justices will likely accept the case and help decide just when someone is speaking on behalf of the government and when they’re a private citizen with the full right to free speech.

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