The Supreme Court on Monday will hear arguments in a case involving a high school football coach who had conducted post-game prayers with his team.
The case will have a significant impact on how the court views the separation of church and state and school prayer.
Joe Kennedy, a football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington, had been praying at the 50-yard line since 2008 and was frequently joined – voluntarily – by players from his team as well as the opposing teams.
The Political Insider wrote in 2017 that officials had taken issue with the practice and Kennedy agreed to keep praying by himself.
“I really tried to meet with the school halfway with everything,” the coach said in an interview with Fox News at the time.
“They didn’t want me to pray with the kids, and I said, ‘That’s fine. Your rules. But I’m not going to give up my beliefs just because it made somebody feel uncomfortable,'” he explained. “So I agreed that I would just do it by myself on the 50 alone, the way it first started out.”