FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2022
Jonny Levenfeld, West End Strategy Team
[email protected]; 202-704-4535
Interfaith Alliance Urges Supreme Court to Protect Religious Freedom Rights of Students
WASHINGTON–As oral arguments begin today for Kennedy v. Bremerton, religious freedom advocates are urging the Supreme Court to uphold decades of settled law that protects the religious freedom rights of students. Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement:
“The freedom to believe as we choose is a core American value and at the heart of our democracy. But as the Supreme Court considers oral arguments for Kennedy v. Bremerton today, we face the prospect of a radical reinterpretation of the proper role of religion in public schools, with the fate of students’ religious freedom rights hanging in the balance.
“Given his position of authority, Mr. Kennedy violated the First Amendment rights of his students by pushing them to participate in prayer on the football field. In effect, Mr. Kennedy was making students choose between their religious freedom and being part of the team – an agonizing decision that no student should ever be forced to confront.
“The Religious Right is seeking to use this case as a vehicle to overturn decades of precedent that protects public schools, as government-run institutions, from school-sponsored prayer and explicit state endorsement of religion. This effort to chip away at the constitutional rights of students and the pillars of our democratic system cannot stand. Interfaith Alliance urges the court to protect the religious freedom rights of students – and all of us.”
Earlier this month, Interfaith Alliance filed an amicus brief in support of Bremerton School District alongside a broad-based coalition of religious organizations.
If you are interested in speaking further with Interfaith Alliance, please contact Jonny Levenfeld at (202) 704-4535 or [email protected]
Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit www.interfaithalliance.org.