Prayer on high school field violates church-state separation

This so-called “freedom of speech” case brought to the U.S. Supreme Court reminds me of an old Bob Dylan song, “With God on Our Side,” (“Supreme Court tackles case about Bremerton football coach,” The Herald, April 26). Praying for a football victory, a Mercedes Benz, a million dollars, or for the wining of a war, well, depicts the Christian God as a cosmic bellhop. Folks put out their wishes and hope God, like a genie in a lamp, will grant their wishes.

Joe Kennedy needs to review the U.S. Constitution regarding the separation of church and state. Prayer is universal and a positive practice for people of many religions, just not in or on public-supported institutions in the United States. The U.S. is not a religious state, individuals are religious, and have choice as to their religion. There are many to choose from, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Primal and Taoism. Each of which have many sects and sub sects.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Joe Kennedy, they are ignoring the Constitution of the United States, to which they are bound to protect and preserve. This is unacceptable.

Michael Dahlstrom


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Joe Kennedy, a former assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Wash., poses for a photo March 9, 2022, at the school's football field. After losing his coaching job for refusing to stop kneeling in prayer with players and spectators on the field immediately after football games, Kennedy will take his arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, April 25, 2022, saying the Bremerton School District violated his First Amendment rights by refusing to let him continue praying at midfield after games. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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