High School Coach Argues Post-Game Prayers ‘Private’ on Appeal

Jan. 25, 2021, 8:42 PM

A Washington state school district violated the free speech rights of a high school football coach when it disciplined him for refusing to stop praying at the 50-yard line after games, his attorney said at a Ninth Circuit oral argument Monday.

But the judges expressed skepticism that the coach was truly engaged in a personal, private religious observance given the public statements he made surrounding the controversy, which may have encouraged players and members of the crowd to start joining him.

The Bremerton School District suspended Joseph Kennedy after he refused to stop saying Christian prayers of thanksgiving in the ...

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