Supreme Court dismisses high school coach Kennedy’s appeal in 2019
Former high school football coach Joe Kennedy is asking the Supreme Court to intervene after a lengthy legal battle over his decision to pray after the games.
Earlier this year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Bremerton School District in Washington state legally fired Kennedy after he disobeyed his order not to pray.
First Liberty Institute, a religious freedom law firm representing Kennedy, has argued that the school district violated her constitutional rights.
Kelly Shackelford, First Liberty’s president, CEO and chief counsel, said Tuesday: “No American should be forced to choose between what they believe and their job of choice.”
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“The Ninth Circuit’s opinion is a threat to the rights of millions of Americans who want to be able to exercise their faith freely without fear of losing their jobs. We hope the Supreme Court will correct this wrong and coach Kennedy.” to the football field where he belongs.”
American United for the Separation of Church and State is appreciated The decision in the spring of appeals courts, stating that it protects the religious freedom of students.
American United’s Vice President and Legal Director Richard B. “Public schools should provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, regardless of their religious beliefs,” Katsky said in March.
“This includes ensuring that student athletes do not feel compelled to pray or participate in religious activities in order to secure their place on a team. American United argued, and the court agreed, that Bremerton The school district did the right thing: It protected the religious freedoms of all students and their families. American United was proud to support the district’s efforts.”
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The Supreme Court declined to hear Kennedy’s appeal in 2019 after the Ninth Circuit dismissed his case. As part of the Supreme Court’s initial ruling, four conservative justices — Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh and Gorsuch — indicated that the Kennedy case may be successful after further litigation.
Alito wrote that he agreed with Kennedy’s decision to dismiss the case, “because the denial of credentials does not necessarily imply that the Court necessarily agreed with the decision.”
Citing “important unresolved factual questions” he said it would be difficult to adequately address Kennedy’s claim of free speech. Yet and still, he argued that “the Ninth Circuit’s understanding of public school teachers’ rights to freedom of speech is disturbing and may justify a future review.”
To hear a case, the Supreme Court usually needs only four judges to issue a certificate. Since the 2019 ruling, the court has added another conservative justice in Amy Connie Barrett.