As we all know, God is particularly interested in the outcome of American football games. He watches them assiduously. He anxiously awaits the prayers of players and coaches, thanking him for....well, for playing good football, and winning games. In the case of a loss, he expects prayers invoking his assistance in the efforts of players and coaches to play better.
For those who conceive of God as having far better things to do, and being above the fascination of some of those inhabiting our tiny planet in a tiny solar system in one of billions of galaxies making up the universe in high school and (dare I say it?) even college or professional football, that is an irrelevant consideration for the Justices of our Supreme Court. Much seems to be irrelevant given the increasingly narrow way in which majority decisions are being characterized by them. The members of the majority purport to be serenely unconcerned with the implications of their decisions. In fact, they appear angered when those implications are mentioned.
Given the importance of football here in God's Favorite Country, it's no surprise that some of us feel it right and good to thank the God of the universe for performance on the gridiron; for good, accurate passes, solid (but legal) tackles, agile running, etc. And they should be free to do so, just as the Church of Latter Day Saints should be free to baptize the dead, and Scientologists free to believe in Xenu.
The Supreme Court should be concerned with beliefs and rituals of religions only when the Constitution is implicated. The question in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District should have been whether a school district violated the Constitution when it fired a coach whose religious practices it had tried to accomodate, but who insisted on praying on the 50 yard line after games, joined by a number of students and players. But that is not what the majority opinion is about. For the majority, it was transformed into the question whether the Constitutional rights of a coach engaged in "private prayer" "alone" were violated when he was fired from praying on the 50 yard line after games, joined by a number of students and players.
The majority's insistence that the prayers in question were private religious expression that the coach engaged in alone is, to put it mildly, bizarre. It's difficult to believe it makes this assertion given the exhibits displayed in the dissenting opinion; it's difficult to believe it believes its own claim, in fact. It would be hard to conceive of a more public expression of religious belief than one engaged in at the 50 yard line of a football stadium; hard to conceive of prayer engaged in alone while surrounded by others. Kennedy is shown in one of these gatherings brandishing what seems to be a football helmet standing before kneeling players, as if he was a priest raising the host, or a minister holding a Bible saying "this is the Word of God" to an attentive congregation. Whatever he's doing in that case, he wasn't "praying alone."
The majority avoids addressing this display by claiming that such evidence was not properly before it. The majority opinions of the court seem to be becoming more and more scholastic in nature, in that they are filled with technique--drawing distinctions, emphasizing differences between cases, narrowing focus. Clearly, the majority doesn't conceive of the Supreme Court as a policy-making court, but rather as an error-correcting court.