American Family Association: pray the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes constitutionally protected free speech

AFA: Kennedy v. Bremerton SCOTUS case is opportunity to clarify the protections for speech and religious exercise in the Constitution 

May 2, 2022

TUPELO, Miss. — As the Supreme Court considers the case Kennedy v. Bremerton — which covers the unlawful firing of high school assistant football coach Joe Kennedy in 2015 for praying after games on the 50-yard line — American Family Association (AFA, is encouraging Christians to pray that the Court recognizes that the Constitution, specifically in the First Amendment, protects religious speech.

AFA’s Executive Vice President Ed Vitagliano expressed hope the Court would hand down a constitutionally sound opinion.

Vitagliano commented, “Religious speech and free speech have been under fire almost everywhere in our society, and with this case the U.S. Supreme Court has a perfect opportunity to clarify the protections of the Constitution. Coach Joe Kennedy was well within his First Amendment rights to pray privately, even while in public. Just because this Christian man works for an increasingly secularized public school system does not mean he is a second-class citizen. AFA is encouraging supporters to pray for a high court ruling that protects religious liberty in America.”

For over 40 years, AFA has operated within the mission to inform, equip and activate individuals to strengthen the moral foundations of American culture and give aid to the church here and abroad in its task of fulfilling the Great Commission.  Founded in 1977, AFA has long been on the front lines of America’s culture war. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country, with nearly a million online supporters and approximately 110,000 subscribers to The Stand (formerly known as the AFA Journal), the ministry’s monthly magazine.  Find AFA Action Alerts here.  In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 180 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner. 

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