The praying football coach of Bremerton High School is back coaching the students for this year’s season. After the school fired him for praying in the field, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor and reinstated him to his position.
The Praying Football Coach
Joe Kennedy, a retired U.S. Marine Corps sergeant, has gone a long way since the school fired him for praying after each game in 2015. It was not until 2019 that he decided to appeal his case to the Supreme Court but was denied. Then, in 2022, the court finally reviewed his case and he was vindicated thereafter. Today, Coach Joe will be back on the field as the school’s assistant football coach.
As GodTV previously reported, the coach revealed that he made a vow to God to give Him glory every game. He said, “I made a commitment with God that, hey, I’m gonna give you the glory after every game. I’m not gonna hide who I am. I’m not gonna hide my faith.”
Indeed, God did not fail him, too.
Bremerton School District
Last November, the U.S. District issued an order for Bremerton School District to put Coach Joe back in his position on or before March 15, 2023.
The order also instructed the school to “not interfere with or prohibit Kennedy from kneeling at midfield to engage in a brief, quiet, personal religious ritual during the period after a football game in which the coaching staff is free to attend to personal matters.”
Also, “Bremerton School District cannot retaliate against or take any future adverse employment action against Kennedy for conduct that complies with the terms of this order.”
As such, the school district reinstated Coach Joe to his former position last March 8.
In his interview with KOMO-TV, Joe shared the reason why he returned to the school that fired him in the first place. “A lot of it has to do with the principle of it. I stood up and fought to be a knight, and that meant everything to me,” he said.
“I have the utmost respect for everybody to be able to speak their mind, and I just hope and pray that everybody in America starts doing that with each other.”
Moreover, the football coach believes that the ordeal has only made his faith grow. “My faith has grown so much, not just in God and the closeness of that, but the faith through my family,” he said.
“We’ve become a lot tighter as a family of Christians and also everybody in the nation. It’s just great to see how God works in these ways.”
Reference: CBN News