Politicians like to lament the supposed lack of prayer in schools and blame society’s ills on this purported void.
Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that a public-high-school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., doesn’t have the right to lead players in prayer. An Americans United legal fellow, Andrew Nellis, argued before the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in the case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, so we’re quite familiar with it.
Religious freedom scored a major victory today when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that a Washington public high school had the right to stop its football coach from leading students in prayer.
The Washington Supreme Court on Feb. 16 ruled a florist can’t cite religious beliefs as justification for discriminating against same-sex couples.
President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order restricting immigration to the United States from several Muslim-majority countries violates religious freedom rights and should be put on hold, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Attorneys with Americans United yesterday filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, State of Washington and State of Minnesota v. Trump. They also traveled to Seattle for a hearing on the matter today.
Americans United in January filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the right of a Washington school district to take action against a football coach who was leading students in prayer.
Editor’s Note: Several Americans United staff members attended the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday. AU was an official partner of the D.C. event, and AU chapters also took part in the sister marches that took place all over the country. Today we’re pleased to present some reflections on this important event.
Yesterday, Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, telling the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a public school in Bremerton, Wash., had both the right and the obligation to take action when one of its coaches was discovered leading students in prayer.