Started by Recusant, June 21, 2022, 08:14:31 PM
Quote from: Tom62 on June 29, 2022, 08:47:20 PMIn what way does the coach represents the US state or church?
Quote from: billy rubin on June 30, 2022, 02:23:16 AMhttps://abc7.com/nc-workers-fired-not-joining-aurora-pro-services-daily-prayer-devotion-eeoc-atheist/12001573/
Quote from: Anne D. on June 30, 2022, 01:56:05 AMQuote from: Tom62 on June 29, 2022, 08:47:20 PMIn what way does the coach represents the US state or church?As an employee of a public school district, he was an official of the state, and he was leading his students in a public prayer, despite what Justice Gorsuch says.
QuoteIn any event, while Gorsuch's opinion does overrule Lemon, it does not purport to overrule Lee. And, as explained above, Lee permits public school employees to engage in the kind of private, quiet prayer that Gorsuch falsely claims Kennedy engaged in after football games.That means that the doctrinal implications of Gorsuch's Kennedy opinion on future cases in which public school employees coerce their students into religious exercise are far from clear. If Gorsuch had held that the Constitution permits Kennedy to do what he actually did, then that would be a hugely consequential decision that would gut the Court's previous decision in Lee.But, because Gorsuch paints such a misleading picture, involving a coach who offered a "short, private, personal prayer," the more limited holding of Kennedy is that this hypothetical activity is allowed. And, again, Lee already permits public school employees to engage in private, personal prayers.Kennedy will no doubt inspire other teachers and coaches to behave similarly to Coach Kennedy, but those teachers and coaches will do so at their own peril. Gorsuch's opinion doesn't weigh whether a coach is allowed to do what Kennedy actually did. That remains an open question, because the Court did not actually decide that case.[Link to full article.]