(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a 24-state coalition urging the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to uphold the constitutional rights of public employees. The attorneys general are asking the Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against a high school coach who was punished for praying alone on a football field in view of students. The case is Joseph A. Kennedy v. Bremerton School District.
“The Constitution guarantees our right to practice our religion and that doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse door, or football field,” Attorney General Wilson said. “While schools and teachers cannot promote their religion, it makes no sense to say that a coach praying alone is violating the Constitution.”
The amicus brief argues that:
South Carolina joins the brief, which was led by Alaska, Arizona, and Texas, and has been joined by attorneys general from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and West Virginia.
Copy of Amicus – Kennedy v. Bremerton School District here.