The court’s conservative majority sided with Joseph Kennedy and against the Bremerton School District.
The district placed him on leave for violating a policy; prohibiting staff from encouraging students to engage in prayer.
Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan were back by the court’s liberal Justices.
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The court’s conservative majority agreed that the coach’s First Amendment rights were in infringement; when the district put him on leave for breaking a rule forbidding personnel; from encouraging pupils to pray and sided with Joseph Kennedy and against the Bremerton School District in Seattle, Washington.
Kennedy expressed his joy at winning by saying he “can’t stop smiling” “The Faulkner Focus.”
The fact that the First Amendment is still in force; he remarked, “just feels wonderful.”
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The decision contrasts with two Supreme Court precedents from the 20th century; that forbade school-sponsored prayers in the classroom and the reading of the Bible; in public schools as part of the separation of church and state.
It also ends the Lemon v. Kurtzman decision from 1971; which established a standard to evaluate; the policies of church-state separation in public schools. Conservatives made fun that case for being in prejudice against religious concerns.
Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed her disapproval of the decision; saying it establishes a new standard; that “elevates one individual’s interest in personal religious exercise; at the precise time and location of that individual’s choosing; over society’s interest in protecting the separation between church and state.”
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