Attorneys for Joe Kennedy, a former Washington state high school football coach who was fired for praying on the field after football games, said they will take his case back to a lower court after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal. A week ago, the justices said they didn’t have enough information to overturn the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against Kennedy. But four of the justices issued a statement noting their concern about the lower court’s ruling and suggesting a future review was possible.
The legal defense group First Liberty said it intends to pursue a resolution of the case at the District Court level. “We are eager to return to the District Court, answer the questions the justices raised today, and give the court another opportunity to protect the right of every American to engage in private religious expression, including praying in public, without fear of getting fired,” First Liberty president and CEO Kelly Shackelford said last week. —Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Prager University’s battle with social media companies moved to a new platform last week: Spotify. The music streaming service emailed the conservative website to say that not only did PragerU’s ads not comply with its requirements, but the website also brought up “compliance concerns.”
Created by conservative commentator Dennis Prager, the website distills hot topic issues into five-minute informational videos. Spotify removed all of PragerU’s ads and said it would not approve any new ones in the future. PragerU said Spotify was engaging in viewpoint censorship. —R.L.A.