Defending the Religious Liberty of School Sports Coaches

This week, First Liberty and law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case of football coach Joe Kennedy, who was suspended by the Bremerton (Washington) School District in 2015 for praying after school football games.

The lawsuit, filed in 2015, was dismissed and the dismissal was affirmed by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

First Liberty argues that the coach had a First Amendment right to pray on the 50-yard line after football games, since he did so privately and never forced others to pray with him.

Those supporting this latest legal effort through multiple amicus briefs include legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden, Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and the Texas High School Coaches Association.

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