The ACRU, in partnership with Advancing American Freedom, Young America’s Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom, and 68 other organizations, filed an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in support of religious liberty in the case of JOSEPH A. KENNEDY v. BREMERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT.
No right is more fundamental to our Constitution than the ability of every citizen to give personal thanks to God for the blessings of His provision. Yet the Ninth Circuit’s decision upholding the suspension of high school football coach Joseph Kennedy for engaging in 30 seconds of personal prayer at the conclusion of a football game would unconstitutionally require the many public officials who enter public service as an answer to the call of faith to deny the faithful practice of humble devotion to their Creator. The Ninth Circuit is flat wrong that public officials can be required to forego praying while performing the duties to which God has called them. If left intact, the Ninth Circuit’s overt hostility to personal religious practice would drum the faithful out of public life.