In a 6–3 decision authored by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Joe Kennedy, an assistant football coach for a Washington State high school who was fired by his district for praying on the field after games.
The case forced the justices to wrestle with how to balance the religious and free speech rights of teachers and coaches with the rights of students not to feel pressured into participating in religious practices. The outcome could strengthen the acceptability of some religious practices in the public school setting.
The decision is also the latest in a line of Supreme Court rulings for religious plaintiffs. In another recent example, the court ruled that Maine can’t exclude religious schools from a program that offers tuition aid for private education, a decision that could ease religious organizations’ access to taxpayer money.
I can understand why the state would get their panties in a bunch. But, high-school football games aren't played during school hours, so separation of church and state does not apply. However, should religion be allowed in during school hours, all religions are going to have to be allowed, not just one. There still is freedom of religion.