Faith in the Public Square

Can a high school coach pray at the 50-yard line? 5 key takeaways from high court arguments

(Religion Unplugged) – The case of Joseph Kennedy, a Bremerton, Washington, high school football coach who wants to kneel and pray at the 50-yard line, made it to the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Arguments took nearly two hours, double the time scheduled. Here are five key takeaways: Supreme Court Leans Toward Coach in Case on…

Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court delivers huge win for religious expression and free speech

The religious in America are no longer second-class citizens in the public square.  That’s the impact of a remarkable unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that held the city of Boston unconstitutionally prohibited the flying of a Christian flag on a public plaza while having allowed the flags of other groups and causes.  “Under the Constitution,…

High school football coach who prayed at midfield gets warm reception from some justices

(SCOTUSblog) – During nearly two hours of oral argument on Monday, a majority of the Supreme Court appeared sympathetic to a high school football coach who sued his school district after he lost his job because of his post-game prayers at the 50-yard line. It was unclear, though, what rationale the justices might adopt if they ultimately…

In the case of the praying football coach, both sides invoke religious freedom

(SCOTUSblog) – Joseph Kennedy had never coached football when Bremerton High School, a public school near Seattle, Washington, hired him in 2008. He was too small to play in high school, and his football experience was limited to playing for two years while he was in Hawaii serving in the Marines. Kennedy describes the school district’s…

Will more Americans turn agnostic on the gospel of Disney?

(Religion Unplugged) – Mickey Mouse finds himself squarely in the crosshairs of the culture wars and the dangerous position may cause more Americans to abandon faith in Disney. The Florida Senate passed legislation to eliminate the Walt Disney Co.’s ability to govern the 40 square miles of land in Florida where it built its sprawling theme…

North Carolina Coach Hubert Davis’ journey to a historic Final Four win has included an abiding faith

When the final buzzer sounded on his team’s Final Four game Saturday night, it became evident that the weight of what Hubert Davis had accomplished was setting in. Davis, the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels, is one of few coaches to ever lead their team to the national championship game in their first…

Parents upset with Disney’s leftward lurch have a wholesome alternative in Missouri’s Silver Dollar City amusement park

With Disney’s odd opposition to parental rights in Florida – and a company executive’s pledge to include “many, many” characters of various sexual categories in its productions from now on – parents across the nation are looking for more wholesome alternatives. When it comes to amusement parks, anyway, it doesn’t get any more family-friendly than Silver…

Sunrise on a mission: The improbable story of the nation’s top-ranked high school basketball team

The No. 1 high school boys basketball team in the country plays in Kansas, at a school you’ve likely never heard of – unless you follow the best high school teams in the nation. This week the team enters the national tournament favored to win it all, after losing the championship a year ago. What makes…

Hope wins: Leaning on God and one another, Hope College earns national championship

The undefeated Hope College women’s team seemed well on its way to Division III basketball championships the past two years, before the COVID-19 pandemic cut those seasons short. This year, absolutely nothing got in its way. After abbreviated seasons of 29-0 in 2019-20 and 16-0 last year, the amazing team from the Christian college in Holland,…
Faith in the Public Square March 22nd, 2022

Choosing God over college basketball: Why one top player quit her team

When Leah Church got into the University of North Carolina (UNC), she cried. Her mom cried. Her sister cried. It was her dream school, and she hadn’t even applied. Church had always loved UNC – she had Carolina clothes, birthday parties, and bedroom decor. Her favorite thing about the school was the women’s basketball team. She…