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Supreme Court: First Amendment Protected High School Coach’s Postgame Prayers

The decision also struck down the controversial Lemon test for Establishment Clause cases.

Supreme Court: First Amendment Protected High School Coach’s Postgame Prayers
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A school district in the state of Washington claimed a coach’s on-field, postgame prayers violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. In a 6–3 decision handed down in June of 2022, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the district, stating that “a government entity sought to punish an individual for engaging in a brief, quiet, personal religious observance doubly protected by the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses.”

Through this ruling, the Court also struck down a controversial, decades-old judicial test created by a 1971 Court decision addressing Establishment Clause cases.

This article will further explore the ramifications of this decision, and what it means for religious liberty.

Background

In 2008, Joseph Kennedy began working as a football coach at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Washington, after nearly two decades of service in ...

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  • July 11, 2022

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