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After Supreme Court backs Bremerton praying coach, no sweeping changes

Former Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy answers questions after his legal case, Kennedy vs. Bremerton School District, was argued before the Supreme Court on April 25, 2022 in Washington, DC. Kennedy was terminated from his job by Bremerton public school officials in 2015 after refusing to stop his on-field prayers after football games. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Bremerton high school football coach’s right to pray on the field after games, there were predictions of dramatic consequences from across the ideological spectrum.

But three months after the decision, there’s no sign that large numbers of coaches have been newly inspired to follow Joseph Kennedy’s high-profile example.

The Court ruled 6-3 for the coach on June 27, with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals in dissent.

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 54% of Americans approve of the decision, while 22% disapprove and 23% hold neither opinion.



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