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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Coach School Prayer Appeal

Posted Feb 5, 2019

USA Today reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the First Amendment challenge of a football coach who was suspended for kneeling and praying on the football field following a game. The Ninth Circuit, in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District , held that the coach spoke as a public employee and therefore his speech was “constitutionally unprotected.” Justice Alito, joined by Justices Thomas, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh, concurred  with the denial of the petition but stated that “the Ninth Circuit’s understanding of the free speech rights of public school teachers is troubling and may justify review in the future.”