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Greeson: We can all be more accepting as postgame prayer gets SCOTUS approval

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Wow, it hasn't been this kind of a head-turning week for the Supremes since Diana Ross was prominently involved.

You may have heard a bit about last week's decisions related to two of the most divisive issues in the country: guns and abortion.

The majority conservative court voted to limit states' ability to regulate guns, then a day later, voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. It made most of the papers and generated a thread or three on social media.

The Supreme Court was far from finished.

Monday, justices ruled in favor of Washington state football coach Joe Kennedy, who was suspended from his public school job for praying after his team's high school games.

It's a long-standing court battle that landed before the nation's highest court, which ruled 6-3 that Kennedy had the right to pray after games.

The coach was not "leading" prayer or asking anyone to pray. This coach was not requiring anyone to conform. This was a coach who welcomed unprompted players from each team.

Here's part of what Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote to support Kennedy's right to pray:

"Here, a government entity sought to punish an individual for engaging in a brief, quiet, personal religious observance doubly protected by the free exercise and free speech clauses of the First Amendment. And the only meaningful justification the government offered for its reprisal rested on a mistaken view that it had a duty to ferret out and suppress."

As a believer in the Constitution above either party, the ruling has merit. But as much as we as Christians would be tolerant of Kennedy's decision to pray, the court — and Christians — must also defend those who choose not to pray with him.

Moreover, if you agree with the court's support for Kennedy's right to take a knee after a game, shouldn't you support Colin Kapernick's right to take a knee before a football game?

You may disagree with either's decision — and private institutions and organizations like the NBA could address either with standards or regulations — but legally those beliefs are Constitutional, no?

We long ago started to care a whole lot more about getting our way than caring about our fellow Americans. Maybe that's our role in the failures of our current leadership.

Too many in office — from dog catcher to the Oval Office — are worried about keeping their job more than doing their job.

And when caring more about being right than doing right is the priority, is anyone surprised at the chasms our country faces?

Contact Jay Greeson at jgreeson@timesfreepress.com and read his 5-at-10 Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. at timesfreepress.com.

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