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Wash. High School Coach Claims God Approves Prayers

A football coach at a Bremerton, Wash., high school is on paid leave after refusing to end his public post-game prayers. Joseph Kennedy has held the prayers on the 50-yard line since 2008 and claims he has “an agreement with God” to continue them.

In October, the Bremerton School District ordered Ken­nedy to stop the public display as well as his practice of holding pre-game locker room prayers. The coach agreed to the latter, but said his post-game prayers are private and that the demand to end them violated his religious freedom. Read more

Preaching Student Is Curbed By Officials In Wash.

Officials at a high school in Everett, Wash., are facing a lawsuit for disciplining an upperclassman student for loudly preaching during school events.

The student, Michael Leal, argues that the school violated his First Amendment rights. He has retained the services of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a Religious Right organization. Read more

Slowly Back Away From The Microphone: Wash. Student Penalized For Disruptions, Not Preaching

A high school student has filed suit against the Everett, Wash., school district, claiming that the administrators of Everett High School unfairly suspended for proselytizing to his classmates. Michael Leal has retained the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a Religious Right legal outfit, to defend his case.
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Marriage Mischief: Religious Right Lawyers Give States Bad Advice

Travel back in time with me for a moment. It’s 1956, and we’re in the Deep South. An interracial couple approaches the county clerk to apply for a marriage license. The clerk says, “Oh, no! Don’t you know that the Bible mandates separation of the races? I refuse to give you a license because it violates my religious beliefs.” Read more