Is religious neutrality in public schools anti-Christian bigotry?

The wall between church and state is being eroded never more so than in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District (“How the Right Is Bringing Christian Prayer Back Into Public Schools,” Slate, Apr. 14).  The case is based on the right of school officials to practice their religion during the course of their formal duties.

When Joe Kennedy, a football coach refused to pray with his players in a less public location than the 50-yard line, he sued the school for violating his First Amendment rights. I don’t understand Kennedy’s argument. If prayer is between him and his God, then why does it matter if he prays in a private setting?  He wants it both ways. Given the present makeup of the Supreme Court, I wouldn’t be surprised that Kennedy will prevail.

Lost in the controversy is the right of students who do not share Kennedy’s beliefs. Who will protect them from religious coercion?

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