By a 6-3 decision, the US Supreme Court delivered a major victory for religious liberty.
The case is Kennedy vs. Bremerton School District and involves a football coach who was fired for praying on the football field (Supreme Court Seems Poised to Hand Victory to Coach Fired for Praying at the 50-Yard Line).
Justice Neil Gorsuch authored the decision.
The Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect an individual engaging in a personal religious observance from government reprisal; the Constitution neither mandates nor permits the government to suppress such religious expression.
Respect for religious expressions is indispensable to life in a free and diverse Republic. Here, a government entity sought to punish an individual for engaging in a personal religious observance, based on a mistaken view that it has a duty to suppress religious observances even as it allows comparable secular speech. The Constitution neither mandates nor tolerates that kind of discrimination. Mr. Kennedy is entitled to summary judgment on his religious exercise and free speech claims.