US Supreme Court upholds prayers of public school coach

Three days after he buried abortion rights, his six conservative judges, against the advice of their three progressive peers, ruled in favor of Joseph Kennedy, who oversaw high school teams in Bremerton, near Seattle, for seven years. West) before losing his job.

A government agency wanted to punish a person for brief, silent, and personal religious practice […] the Constitution neither mandates nor condones this type of discriminationwrote Judge Neil Gorsuch on her behalf.

Coach Joseph Kennedy has won his lawsuit against Bremerton High School in the United States Supreme Court.

Photo: AP/Ted S Warren

After each game, the coach took to kneeling in prayer in the middle of the field, sometimes joined by his players. He would sometimes lead dressing room prayers before or after games.

In 2015, school authorities asked him to abstain, citing a section of the First Amendment to the Constitution that prohibits the state and its staff from encouraging him furnishings of a religion, that is, to finance it or encourage its practice.

Since he refused, they had not renewed his contract. He then took legal action, invoking another First Amendment provision that guarantees freedom of religion and freedom of expression.

These two clauses are regularly the subject of dispute, and the Supreme Court had held the Crest line until recently. But their conservative majority, consolidated by Donald Trump, is now tipping the scales in favor of religious circles.

religion and state

In May, she felt that Boston City Hall should allow a Christian group to display their flag at City Hall. Last week, she ruled that the state of Maine cannot exclude denominational schools from a public assistance program.

The Constitution and our best traditions encourage mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and repeal of religious and non-religious beliefsnow writes it in the file of Joseph Kennedy.

In a bitter new text, the court’s three progressive judges reproach their peers facts distorted folder. After them, the coach’s prayers were not personal and discreet, but demonstrative, as he regularly invited others to join him.

Rare in a lawsuit, they include a photo of the coach surrounded by young players praying on their knees.

This decision does a disservice to the schools and the young citizens they serve, as well as to our nation’s long-term commitment to separate church and state.adds Judge Sonia Sotomayor for her.

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