The former Washington state high school football coach who was fired over his post-game prayers is headed back to the U.S. Supreme Court after a years-long legal battle.
The entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has declined to rehear the arguments in his case.
Back in March, a smaller three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit had upheld a lower court ruling that Bremerton School District can ban Coach Joe Kennedy from taking a knee in brief, personal prayer after football games.
Attorneys for the school district applauded the court’s decision.
“The Ninth Circuit made the right call: The Bremerton School District was correct to protect the religious freedom of its students and their families,” Richard Katskee, legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the school district’s legal team, said in a statement to Fox News. “The Constitution requires public schools to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students…that includes ensuring that student-athletes don’t feel compelled to pray or participate in religious activities to secure their place on a team.”
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