Should public high school coaches be allowed to lead prayers on the field? | The Tylt
Should public high school coaches be allowed to lead prayers on the field?
As established by "Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe," leading a prayer as an employee of a public high school is not protected under the First Amendment due to the Establishment Clause. Coaches employed by public schools are public employees. Therefore, public high school coaches should not be allowed to lead prayers on the football field, which is either a public stadium or on school grounds. Simply put, public school officials are not legally allowed to tacitly endorse specific worship.
It doesn't matter if prayer happens after the final whistle. As long as coaches are representing a public high school, they should not be leading prayer.
Prayer is an important part of many people's lives. Unfortunately, many people can't afford to go to a Christian or Catholic school, so they can't be afforded the privilege of praying at school events. Public schools should allow football coaches and players to pray after games because prayer can help motivate these kids struggling with a loss, or another tragic event.
The First Amendment protects the practice of religion. When games are over, coaches and players are private citizens. They should be allowed to pray on the football field.
@mjs_DC@Slate why? I guess you have very little understanding of 1A. if the Coach wishes to pray and the players wish to join him,it's fine