The AP hates the Supreme Court's defense of a Christian coach to pray in public. First proclaims it's no big deal.
Prayer decision not a game changer ...
Quotes the side that lost the case:
“I don’t think there has been a noticeable uptick in these sorts of situations,” said Chris Line, an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for the separation of church and state.
Calls praying in public "pushing religion."
there’s always going to be people like that who want to use their position to push religion on other people,”
Gives the megaphone to those who hate religion.
“The biggest mistake that happened out of the Kennedy decision was that the Supreme Court justices focused so much on the coach’s rights and they just completely disregarded the view of students,” said Line, of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Since the ruling, Line’s group has gotten some prayer-related complaints, including one about a North Carolina coach holding a prayer service and a baptism on the field, and several about pre-game prayers over public address systems at high schools in Alabama. Line is convinced that more coaches cautious about team prayers will be emboldened to emulate Kennedy.
“That’s definitely going to happen. I just don’t know how widespread it will be,” Line said. “In the past, school districts, I think, felt a lot more comfortable to say, ‘Hey, knock it off.’ And now some school districts may misinterpret this and be afraid to protect their students.”
Rachel Laser is president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which represented the Bremerton school board in the case. She lamented that the Supreme Court “adopted the deceitful narrative that Kennedy was praying quietly and to himself.” She also worried that it will encourage other coaches and teachers “who view public schools as a mission field.”
Laser said it’s too early to assess the ruling’s impact, and suggested some students may be fearful of speaking up.
Claims of violence are totally without evidence.
“We won’t get reports of every case like this because it takes a lot of courage even to file a report online, let alone to pursue it,” she said. “Our plaintiffs have had their windows shot through, their pets killed, received death threats and have been ostracized in their community — the full gamut of terrible things.”
Notice that those who are vindicated by the Supreme Court are afraid to go public.
Some public school coaches in Alabama, Oklahoma and Tennessee acknowledged feeling vindicated by the ruling and said they would continue to pray with students, but declined to be identified publicly because they didn’t want to draw attention to their teams.