The Supreme Court has been considering cases involving the right to practice one’s religion freely and has upheld those rights.
Before a game, a school coach prayed with his team.
The school district informed coach Joseph Kennedy that he could pray apart from the pupils after learning that he was praying with the team.
Kennedy refused to alter his method, claiming that some children joined him in prayer on their own initiative and that they weren’t coerced into doing so.
The district put him on paid leave, which prompted a First Amendment lawsuit.
Lower courts sided with the Bremerton School District the previous year.
In April, the Supreme Court heard the case; by a vote of 6-3, it decided in his favor.
The former high school football coach from Washington State who was dismissed for praying on the field after games received support from the full Supreme Court in June.
The Supreme Court of the United States has now rendered a decision in another case concerning Yeshiva University, a private, orthodox Jewish research university with many campuses in New York.
One of the earliest Orthodox Jewish universities in the US, the university first welcomed students in 1886.
The Yeshiva Pride Alliance, an LGBTQ organization, requested recognition from the university.
Last month, attorneys for the Yeshiva Pride Alliance argued that the institution should be compelled to accept the group.
“While Yeshiva University can espouse its Torah values without interference, it may not deny certain students access to the non-religious resources it offers the entire student community on the basis of sexual orientation,” the lawyers stated in court documents last month.
According to The Daily Wire, the university filed an emergency appeal on August 29 to protest the “unprecedented intrusion” of the school’s religious convictions.
Regarding the school’s guiding principles, this situation calls into doubt the school’s right to religious freedom.
Added by The Daily Wire:
For more than a year, Yeshiva University has fought to protect its religious character in New York courts. In YU Pride Alliance v. Yeshiva University, lower courts in New York sided with the plaintiffs to compel Yeshiva to recognize an LGBTQ group on campus, despite the fact that doing so would go against the school’s commitment to Torah values.
The university said in an urgent appeal before the Supreme Court that “As a deeply religious Jewish university, Yeshiva cannot comply with that [state court] order because doing so would violate its sincere religious beliefs about how to form its undergraduate students in Torah values.”
However, the campus wished to alter these fundamental ideas, and one judge agreed.
Justice Lynn Kotler of the New York Supreme Court had already mandated that Yeshiva University acknowledge the LGBTQ community.
“Even if the court were to adopt Yeshiva’s religious function test, the court would reach the same result,” according to Kotler’s decision.
The Court further stated that “Plaintiffs’ counsel correctly characterizes defendants’ argument on this point: defendants want this court to find that Yeshiva is a religious corporation in the same manner an ordinary person would describe themselves as a religious person.”
“There is no doubt that Yeshiva has an inherent and integral religious character which defines it and sets it apart from other schools and universities of higher education. However, Yeshiva must fit within the term ‘religious corporation’ as the legislature intended the term to mean in the [New York City Human Rights Law],” as stated in the statement.
The U.S. is now. Regarding the dispute between the LGBTQ community and the Orthodox university, the Supreme Court has made a different decision.
The Orthodox university was represented by Becket Law Firm.
A non-profit, non-partisan law company, Becket describes itself as “protecting the free expression of all religious traditions.”
Despite the lower court’s earlier decision, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor ordered its temporary suspension on Friday to allow the institution’s religious freedom case to be resolved.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Sotomayor signed off on the ruling because she is the circuit justice overseeing the Second District, which includes the state of New York. The Daily Wire reported that there were no dissents, Conservative Brief reports.
“Yeshiva shouldn’t have been forced to go all the way to the Supreme Court to receive such a commonsense ruling in favor of its First Amendment rights,” Eric Baxter, vice president and senior counsel of the Becket law firm, noted in a statement to The Daily Wire after Sotomayor’s ruling. CONTINUE READING…