The US Supreme Court docket has accepted the liberty of faith case after having beforehand turned it down
A Seattle highschool soccer coach who was fired for refusing to cease praying on the finish of video games has taken the matter to the Supreme Court docket.
Joe Kennedy, who labored as a coach for Seattle’s Bremerton Excessive Faculty, was dismissed from his job and sued by the college after he refused to cease his post-game ritual, which included a 15-second prayer whereas kneeling on the soccer pitch.
In a 2015 complaint, the Bremerton Faculty District referred to as the “overtly spiritual references” in Kennedy’s prayers and inspirational speeches “problematic” and demanded that the coach as a substitute concentrate on “applicable themes resembling unity, teamwork, accountability, [and] security.”
“Your talks with college students might not embody spiritual expression, together with prayer. They need to stay fully secular in nature, in order to keep away from alienation of any staff member,” the district dominated.
Kennedy was suspended and later fired from his place for refusing to toe the road and an enchantment to the Supreme Court docket in 2019 was rejected. On Friday, nevertheless, the Supreme Court docket introduced that it will lastly be accepting the case.
Kelly Shackelford, whose First Liberty Establishment is representing Kennedy, stated in an announcement that “no trainer or coach ought to lose their job for merely expressing their religion whereas in public.”
“By taking this vital case, the Supreme Court docket can defend the best of each American to interact in personal spiritual expression, together with praying in public, with out concern of punishment,” she declared.
People United for Separation of Church and State head Rachel Laser, nevertheless, argued that “impressionable college students” had felt “pressured by their coach to take part repeatedly in public prayer” and stated the college district was inside its rights to fireside Kennedy over the matter.