Commonwealth Policy Center

The US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a football coach to pray with his team. High school football coach Joseph Kennedy was fired for praying with his team after football games, but the Court said the school was wrong to fire him. The Court said, “The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, for religious and nonreligious views alike.” Kennedy’s prayer was voluntary, and the players were not forced to join in the prayer after games. Prayer in public places is what the First Amendment protects. This ruling is 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.