Rep. Huffman Statement on Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

June 27, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Jared Huffman (CA-02) co-founder of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling on Kennedy v. Bremerton School District:

“In America, Freedom of Religion includes the freedom to not participate in a religious community, and our children should have the ability to practice any religion – or none at all – without fear of retaliation or pressure. That freedom is methodically being stripped away by a radicalized court filled with religious extremists who are stopping at nothing to dismantle the fundamental rights our country has relied on for centuries,” said Rep. Huffman. “This case was about a public school official pressuring students into active religious practice – potentially against their own belief systems – using his position as a trusted authority figure. In an egregious move by the court, the majority opinion blatantly misconstrued the basic facts of the case. Let’s be clear: Kennedy had a miles-long track record of performative prayers on the field and consistently urged students to join him. Today's decision took a wrecking ball to the critical separation of church and state, and with it the legitimacy of the highest court in the land.”