SCOTUS Rejects Appeal in Football Coach Prayer Case

After getting fired from a Washington State high school in 2015 for praying on the football field after games, Coach Joe Kennedy took legal action.

With the aid of First Liberty Institute, Coach Joe Kennedy challenged his dismissal and after adverse rulings in both the federal district court and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the case was presented to the U.S. Supreme Court.

However, SCOTUS is refusing to hear the case at this time not because it agreed with the lower court’s opinion, but because, in the words of Justice Samuel Alito, “unresolved factual questions would make it very difficult if not impossible at this stage to decide the free speech question that the petition asks us to review.”

This could be good news for Coach Kennedy to have his case heard down the road. Said Kelly Shackelford, First Liberty president, “We are eager to return to the District Court, answer the questions the justices raised today, and give the Court another opportunity to protect the right of every American to engage in private religious expression, including praying in public, without fear of getting fired.”

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