SCOTUS sides with high school football coach who prayed on field after games

To say Democrats have had a rough week at the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court would be a total understatement, and that was evidenced once again on Monday after the high court dropped yet another major ruling in favor of the critically important topic of religious freedom.

According to Fox News, in a 6–3 ruling, the conservative majority high court backed a former Washington high school football coach Joe Kennedy, who lost his job for saying a quick, silent prayer on the 50-yard line after football games. 

As a junior varsity coach and varsity assistant coach for the Bremerton School District, Kennedy would say the quick prayer after the game by himself, but the practice quickly became popular with many students, who also began taking part in the prayer.

Eventually, the prayer time turned into a sort of religious-themed motivational speech for the players, and it didn’t take long for an opposing coach to report the harmless and positive gathering to the school district. The district ordered Kennedy to cease the prayer time, and he did for a short time.

He then made the decision to resume the prayers, and that’s when the situation eventually entered messy legal territory, as the school believed that holding a prayer on the field violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which protects the separation of church and state.

After enduring years of litigation, the majority opinion of the Supreme Court sided with the coach on Monday, writing, in part, “Both the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect expressions like Mr. Kennedy’s. Nor does a proper understanding of the Amendment’s Establishment Clause require the government to single out private religious speech for special disfavor.”

Lawyers for the district and the liberals on the SCOTUS bench tried to argue that players felt compelled, or even forced, to join the prayers in order to curry favor and perhaps get more playing time. Those assertions were strongly denied by Kennedy and his legal counsel.

Monday’s decision was a huge step in the right direction, and conservatives across the country are still cheering.