Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted an attack by Congressmuslim Ilhan Omar (D-MN) that criticized a recent Supreme Court ruling regarding coach Joe Kennedy. Omar argued the ruling made religious freedom (for Muslims?) “dead” in America. Cruz argued that “every word” in her critique was false.
Daily Wire (h/t Nita) The congressmuslim’s first claim accused the court of allowing teachers to “pressure” students to join in public prayer. In contrast, the ruling was limited to Coach Kennedy’s personal freedom to pray publicly.
According to First Liberty, which represented Kennedy in the case, “On September 17, 2015, Superintendent Aaron Leavell sent Coach Kennedy a letter informing him of the district’s investigation into whether Coach Kennedy had appropriately complied with the school board’s policy on ‘Religious-Related Activities and Practices.’”
The school district noted that Kennedy had “not actively encouraged, or required, participation.”
Omar also claimed public schools could “retaliate” against students who don’t join in prayer with teachers. The ruling did not offer any information regarding the treatment of students for a school staff member who chooses to personally pray at the conclusion of a football game.
The congressmuslim’s conclusion that religious freedom is dead in America is the opposite of the case’s conclusion. Kennedy instead acknowledged that the court ruling in his favor was a win for religious freedom.