Former high school football coach Joe Kennedy is waiting to learn the outcome of his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as he sued his school district after being fired for his prayers after games at midfield.
The court appeared to be sympathetic to the coach’s claims during oral arguments in April. The final ruling in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District could come at any time before the end of the current term around the end of this month.
Sports Illustrated caused a stir this week in its reporting on the expected outcome in the case, suggesting that a ruling in favor of Kennedy would be an “erosion of a bedrock” of American democracy.
Kennedy’s lawyer argued to the court that the coach’s prayers were entirely his own personal expression and are protected by the free speech and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment.
Although the school district argued that allowing Kennedy to pray would violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment by endorsing his prayers, the coach argues that the government does not endorse his private expression just because it takes place on school property.
During oral arguments before the court, a majority of the justices appeared to favor the coach’s side of the argument. Justice Clarence Thomas emphasized that he understands completely that the post-game prayer is “not part of the job.” The coach’s lawyer stressed the point that the prayers did not have any impact on how he performed his assigned work tasks.
The Sports Illustrated spin on the story is another example of the unfortunate downfall of a magazine once considered a prized American institution before it fell to leftist wokeism like so many other corporate outlets have.
In a tweet this week touting an article, the magazine said that “SCOTUS will soon rule on the case of a public school football coach who wants to pray on-field after games” and prompted readers to go to a link for its piece about “Joe Kennedy, the machine backing him and the expected result: a win for Kennedy and an erosion of a bedrock of American democracy.”
The article makes it clear that the magazine’s real dispute is with President Trump and his millions of supporters. It said that the “Christian conservative base” owes its resurgence to Trump and his “Muslim ban,” immigration policies, and his judicial appointments.
New: Radical leftists at @SINow attack prayer AFTER football game as being against "democracy"– which is reminder they want to ban Christianity. Sports Illustrated, btw, is owned by @AuthenticBrands, which also owns @reebox, @BrooksBrothers, @eddiebauer, and many other brands. https://t.co/odqbIf0ZGu
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 13, 2022
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton responded as many conservatives did to the Sports Illustrated tweet. He pointed out that the real motivation of corporate media leftists is their desire ‘to ban Christianity.”