High school football coach who prayed after games loses appeal: U.S. appeals court

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – A Washington State school district did not violate the religious and free speech rights of a high school football coach by forbidding him from kneeling in prayer at the 50-yard line after games, a federal appeals court ruled unanimously on Thursday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Bremerton school district would have violated the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion by letting Joseph Kennedy pray in view of spectators, and with students who might feel pressured to join him. It rejected Kennedy’s claim he was engaging in “p…

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