SCOTUS Backs Football Coach Over Prayers

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    The Facts

    • SCOTUS ruled in favor of high school football coach Joseph Kennedy on Mon. when it defended his right to pray at the 50-yard line following his team's games. Kennedy lost his job in 2015 over kneeling in prayer at midfield.

    • The justices ruled 6-3 against Kennedy's former employer, Bremerton (WA) High School, which argued his prayers violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, overturning a strong legal precedent of the clause being used to limit prayer in public schools.

    The Spin

    Right narrative

    This is a win for the religious liberty of all Americans. Kennedy was targeted for expressing his Christian beliefs, and the school district violated his First Amendment rights by suspending him from work. It's also a victory for the Constitution and the rule of law, upholding the original meaning of both freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

    Left narrative

    This is the latest instance of the Roberts Court being overly protective of religious rights. SCOTUS is continuing to overturn decades of jurisprudence and is now prioritizing individual rights over the Constitution's prohibition on government endorsement of religion. This is a political move, not a legal one.

    Political split



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