Kennedy v. Bremerton School District (U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit, 2020)

Separation of Church & State
Free Exercise of Religion

9th Circuit Court of Appeals ,

Separation of Church & State
Free Exercise of Religion

This case involves a second appeal by a public high school football coach who filed a lawsuit claiming religious discrimination under the Free Exercise Clause and employment discrimination laws after he was fired for refusing to stop kneeling in prayer at the football field's 50-yard line immediately following every game. This practice started after the school district directed him to stop leading his team in pre- and post-game prayer, which the Coach had done for eight years prior. The Court denied the first appeal. In opposing this second appeal, the brief joined by ADL asserts that the coach’s claims fail because the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause forbids his on-field prayer practice, which pressured the students on the team to participate.