DiscoverThe DailyThe Supreme Court Considers a Football Coach’s Prayers
The Supreme Court Considers a Football Coach’s Prayers

The Supreme Court Considers a Football Coach’s Prayers

Update: 2022-04-272
Share

Description

Joseph A. Kennedy, a former high school football coach, was fired after he made a habit of going to the 50-yard line after his team’s games to thank God and to lead his players in prayer.

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard his suit. The justice’s decision in the complex case could make a major statement about the role religion may play in public life.

Guest: Adam Liptak, a reporter covering the Supreme Court for The New York Times.

Want more from The Daily? For one big idea on the news each week from our team, subscribe to our newsletter

Background reading: 

  • Coaching was his calling, Mr. Kennedy said. But after the school board in Bremerton, Wash., told him to stop mixing football and faith on the field, he left his job and sued.
  • Members of the Supreme Court’s conservative majority indicated that Mr. Kennedy had a constitutional right to pray after games.

For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. 

Comments (1)

Sasha Lyn

It is clear this coach is a valuable role model and seems to harbor only the best intentions. I can see how one would be sympathetic to his specific situation but if he held is prayer circle in private in the locker room, this would never have been an issue. By choosing to be demonstrative once a sizeable group of students gathered around him to pray, at the game, on the field, he chose to take a stand. The Majority of people are Christian but I'm this democracy, not everyone is and the separation of church and state is clear. As an Atheist, I find this case very disturbing. When viewed from a wider lens, I get the impression that Christians feel victimized by not being able to openly dominate the culture when we all know that if Muslims held an open prayer, there would be violence. Having just listened to reports, from the southern states, on the attacks on the treatment of transgender teenagers, the absurdity of book banning and the obvious villianization of LGBTQ+ and POC - I listened to this report knowing that the White Evangelical Christian view is responsible for all of these invented narratives which has led to the politicization of truth and change and what's more, severe injustices to anyone who is 'other'. This issue falls under an umbrella that is clear as day.

Apr 27th
Reply
00:00
00:00
x

0.5x

0.8x

1.0x

1.25x

1.5x

2.0x

3.0x

Sleep Timer

Off

End of Episode

5 Minutes

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

30 Minutes

45 Minutes

60 Minutes

120 Minutes

The Supreme Court Considers a Football Coach’s Prayers

The Supreme Court Considers a Football Coach’s Prayers

The New York Times