Commonwealth Policy Center

The US Supreme Court recently heard a case involving a high school football coach who prayed at mid-field after football games. Joseph Kennedy, a Christian and former football coach at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Washington, lost his job after he refused to quit praying. The prayer was voluntary, and the players were not coerced or forced to join in the prayer after games. In the end, the school district insisted on ending the prayer, so Kennedy lost his job. Prayer in public places is what the First Amendment protects. And the First Amendment applies to high school coaches. It appears the U.S. Supreme Court favors coach Kennedy. But a positive ruling would really be a victory for the right to free speech and freedom of religion. Even if it’s an after-game prayer led by a high school football coach.