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French Friday: Football Prayer & CRT Hysteria


The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case about a public high school football coach who prays on the field. Is he violating the First Amendment because he’s a state-funded employee engaging in religious activity on the job? Or, is his religious expression protected by the First Amendment? David French explains the court’s history on public school teachers and free speech, why he thinks the coach is likely to win, and why religious liberty protections have never been stronger.


Then, French talks about his first encounter with Critical Race Theory as a law student at Harvard 30 years ago. Skye asks, if CRT has been around for so long, why is it only now being seen as a threat to both America and Christianity? French explains how the definition of CRT has changed, how it’s been leveraged by media voices on the political right since 2020, and why the issue of race may be leading to a new schism in the American church.


00:00 - Intro


00:45 - Football Prayer



31:07 - CRT hysteria

“How the Fight Over Critical Race Theory Became a Religious War” - https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/how-the-fight-over-critical-race?s=r



1:04:05 - Credits



13 Comments


Here is some much needed context for Mr. French:


https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/the-myth-at-the-heart-of-the-praying-bremerton-coach-case/

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Hannah James
Hannah James
May 01, 2022

I’m an alumni of GCC and many of us are absolutely sick of this and other Situations where individuals within leadership positions are loudly putting their political ideas above the Bible and equating it to Christianity. Jemar Tisby did have a fantastic response on a facebook group and many alum are speaking out on this issue in his favor. Thanks for touching on it this week.

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Thank you so much for these French Fridays! I've really been enjoying these thoughtful long-form conversations in addition to the regular show.

(EXCEPT I just noticed that the theme song resolves on a D flat instead of just an A and I can't unhear it now-)

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Mark Norman
Mark Norman
Apr 30, 2022

Leave it to a lawyer to make simple = complicated. Anytime I hear David say something is complex or complicated, I know some strange logic is about to happen.


When you choose to accept a position with a State government, you are also choosing to accept and abide by the rules of that State, even if they temporarily curtail your rights as a private citizen. For example, here in WA State we (thankfully) have rules against carrying firearms in State facilities. We have a second amendment right to bear arms, but we leave that right at the door of a State facility.


How can we know if a State employee is acting in the capacity of a government official or…


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Mark Norman
Mark Norman
May 01, 2022
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To be clear, I don't really care one way or the other how this case goes. I just hate it when we complicate things to support arguments that are contrary to logic and wrap ourselves in knots to get outcomes we want rather than abide by simple principles.


Somehow the current court will argue that a public school coach, in a public school setting, in front of a large crowd of public spectators is in fact a private expression of religion... Seems pretty absurd to me.

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lisa
lisa
Apr 30, 2022

Instead of Christians going to court demanding our civil rights to pray in public, how about taking Jesus at His word and praying the way He commanded us to in Matthew 6: 5-6? Just because we can pray in public in the US doesn't mean we should. If Christians really don't want the attention of others when they pray, why aren't they praying where Jesus told us to? What if He actually meant what He said? What if prayer really is effective because of Who we're praying to, not because of the words we're saying in front of other people? 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in th…

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lisa
lisa
May 01, 2022
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I acknowledged that there were separate issues in my original post, you don't need to explain it to me. I listened to the podcast. My point is we're focused far too much on the civil-so much so that we're willing to blatantly disobey Jesus in front of the world and while telling ourselves we're righteous in that disobedience. We have to focus on obedience to His commands first, last, and always. If we're willing to disobey Jesus for the "common good," then it's not as good and we tell ourselves it is. There's a heart issue that needs addressing in that situation. What if we BEGAN by obeying Jesus whatever the cost and then trusted Him to handle the civ…

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