On Monday, a former Washington high school football coach who lost his job over reciting a prayer on the 50-yard line after games won his Supreme Court appeal.
Joe Kennedy was a junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach with the Bremerton School District in Washington from 2008 to 2015.
He began to regularly recite a post-game prayer by himself, but students eventually started joining him in the practice.
At issue was whether a public school employee praying alone, but in view of students, was engaging in unprotected “government speech.”
If it is not government speech, the question is whether it still poses a problem under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
That prohibits the government from “establishing” a religion.
The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 answering both questions with a resounding “no.”