HS FB Coach Wins Prayer in School SCOTUS Case; FL Politicians React

HS FB Coach Wins Prayer in School SCOTUS Case; FL Politicians React

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
June 27, 2022

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court brought another decision to the American public, and yet again, they came down on the side of Conservatives. The Court found that Joseph Kennedy, an assistant football coach in the Bremerton School District in Washington state, was allowed to pray publicly on the field shortly after the conclusion of games.

Justice Neil Gorsuch stated in the majority that “Both the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect expressions like Mr. Kennedy's.  Nor does a proper understanding of the Amendment's Establishment Clause require the government to single out private religious speech for special disfavor.  The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, for religious and nonreligious views alike."

Various politicians around the Sunshine State gave their takes on the decision.

“SCOTUS delivered another major win for the Constitution this morning. Coach Kennedy’s First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and freedom of speech are inalienable, and I look forward to seeing him back on the field this fall!” Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) exclaimed

“Another massive win for our Constitution and for our God-given rights," Rep. Byron Donalds(R-FL) mentioned

“Today’s decision once again rightly affirms the constitutional right to freely exercise one’s religious beliefs and that discrimination has no place in our country," tweeted Sen. Rick Scott.

There was an attempt to find the responses made by Florida Democrats to the High Court decision concerning Mr. Kennedy, but there was none.

Almost all the responses concerning the Supreme Court made by Florida Democrats are still focused on Roe v. Wade. To be fair, it is not surprising. Democrats have a tough task ahead of them. With a vast majority of the country believing the country is headed in the wrong direction (RealClearPolitics), it makes sense for Democrats to hammer an issue that is 1) naturally divisive, and 2) been law for so long.

Whether you believe Roe v. Wade was bad law or appropriate law to begin with, a lot of Americans, including some conservatives, had grown comfortable with the idea that Roe v. Wade was here to stay.

Democrats must capitalize on this moment. It may be their only hope this November.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a junior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE), and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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