Americans United in January filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the right of a Washington school district to take action against a football coach who was leading students in prayer.
Editor’s Note: Several Americans United staff members attended the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. AU was an official partner of the D.C. event, and AU chapters also took part in the sister marches that took place all over the country. Today we’re pleased to present some reflections on this important event.
Yesterday, Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, telling the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a public school in Bremerton, Wash., had both the right and the obligation to take action when one of its coaches was discovered leading students in prayer.
This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, an independent agency that works for Congress and investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer money, released a new report on private school voucher programs. The report found that as private school voucher programs continue to spread throughout the states, taxpayers are contributing more and more money each year to programs that are plagued with problems.
A football coach at a Bremerton, Wash., high school is on paid leave after refusing to end his public post-game prayers. Joseph Kennedy has held the prayers on the 50-yard line since 2008 and claims he has “an agreement with God” to continue them.
In October, the Bremerton School District ordered Kennedy to stop the public display as well as his practice of holding pre-game locker room prayers. The coach agreed to the latter, but said his post-game prayers are private and that the demand to end them violated his religious freedom.
A Washington state high school football coach will continue to host prayers at football games, even though he has been told to quit. Bremerton High School’s Joseph Kennedy says he has “an agreement with God” to pray at the 50 yard line after every game.
Officials at a high school in Everett, Wash., are facing a lawsuit for disciplining an upperclassman student for loudly preaching during school events.
The student, Michael Leal, argues that the school violated his First Amendment rights. He has retained the services of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a Religious Right organization.
A high school student has filed suit against the Everett, Wash., school district, claiming that the administrators of Everett High School unfairly suspended for proselytizing to his classmates. Michael Leal has retained the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a Religious Right legal outfit, to defend his case.
Travel back in time with me for a moment. It’s 1956, and we’re in the Deep South. An interracial couple approaches the county clerk to apply for a marriage license. The clerk says, “Oh, no! Don’t you know that the Bible mandates separation of the races? I refuse to give you a license because it violates my religious beliefs.”