A former high school football coach in Washington state who lost a legal challenge regarding post game prayers has said on Monday he will take his challenge to the Supreme Court.
“We will appeal and are confident that the Supreme Court of the United States will right this wrong,” Jeff Mateer, First Liberty Institute’s Chief Legal Officer said in the Fox News report.
“Banning coaches from praying just because they can be seen contradicts the Constitution,” he added.
Former coach Joe Kennedy was first suspended and later fired in 2015 after praying on the football field following games. Supporters of the separation between school and religion applauded the decision.
“The Ninth Circuit made the right call: The Bremerton School District was correct to protect the religious freedom of its students and their families,” Richard Katskee, legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the school district’s legal team, said in a statement to Fox News.
Former Bremerton High School football coach Joe Kennedy takes prayer case to Supreme Courthttps://t.co/GHrjOclsRk
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) July 20, 2021
The Washington Times included Mateer stating, “Coach Kennedy has been denied the freedom to coach for over five years, but he’s never been a quitter. We will fight on.”