“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” 1st Amendment, United States Constitution
Obviously, prohibiting the free exercise thereof is perfectly Constitutional according to our Godless court systems and depraved judiciary, especially if you are a coach and do something as outrageous as bowing your head or taking a knee while your team prays before a game.
God is going to laugh at this nation in the day of our calamity for our brazen rejection of Him and His Ways and Laws in a nation so bereft of wisdom, it’s frightening.
The East Brunswick school board was within its rights to tell a football coach he cannot kneel and bow his head as members of his team have a student-led pre-game prayer, a federal appeals court ruled today.
The ruling from the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia reversed a lower-court ruling made almost two years ago.
All three members of the three-judge panel wrote their own opinions on the issue, which pits the right to free speech against the freedom from official establishment of a religion.
The judges agreed the East Brunswick Board of Education’s policy barring school staff from joining in student-led was constitutional. But the judges differed on what exactly a coach should do when his team prays.
From the time Marcus Borden became the Bears’ coach in 1983, he was deeply involved in team prayers; for a time, he even led them. In 2005, school officials received complaints that he was leading prayers and asked him to stop participating.
He sued the school board seeking to be allowed to bow his head and kneel when students led their own prayers. A lower-court judge found that should be allowed.
The East Brunswick Board of Education appealed Cavanaugh’s ruling, saying that by taking a knee and bowing his head, Borden was endorsing religion whether he mouthed the words with his players or not.
The appeal was taken over by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C., group that opposes prayer in schools.
“We find that based on the history of Borden’s conduct with the team’s players, his acts cross the line and constitute an unconstitutional endorsement of religion,” the judges wrote in the ruling. “Although Borden believes that he must continue to engage in these actions to demonstrate solidarity with his team…we must consider whether a reasonable observer would perceive his actions as endorsing religion, not whether Borden intends to endorse religion.”
Ronald Riccio, the Morristown-based attorney representing Borden, said he plans to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“The supreme court should hear this case because so far, there have been four judges who rendered an opinion that’s different from the other’s decision. There are decisions around the country that go both ways. This is primed for the supreme court,” he said.