A high school football coach who was fired for praying is planning to appeal after suffering another courtroom loss.
High School Football Coach
In 2015, high school football coach Joe Kennedy was fired for praying with his players after every game. It has been the coach’s commitment to God since 2008 to give thanks to Him after every game, win or lose. However, his act of faith sparked a huge controversy.
The school district told him to no longer pray and eventually fired him. As a man of faith and integrity, he fought to defend his and America’s religious freedom. Until this day, he has been fighting legal battles against Bremerton School District.
“Praying, I can do anywhere. The Christian side of me is like you don’t take away my faith. Prayer makes no difference where you do it. But the Marine in me? It was like, yeah I will fight for the Constitution and everybody’s rights. It means something to me. I got blood in that game,” Coach Kennedy said.
Coach Joe Kennedy
Recently CBN News reported that in a unanimous panel opinion, three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Joe’s prayers were a violation of the Constitution’s established clauses.
Judge Milan Smith writes, “Kennedy’s attempts to draw nationwide attention to his challenge to the district showed that he was not engaging in private prayer. Instead, he was engaging in the public speech of an overtly religious nature while performing his job duties.”
“This fight is far from over”
Coach Joe Kennedy and his team of lawyers are planning to appeal the decision.
“Banning coaches from praying just because they can be seen is wrong and contradicts the Constitution,” said Mike Berry, First Liberty Institute’s General Counsel. “Today’s opinion threatens the rights of millions of Americans who simply want to be able to freely exercise their faith without fear of losing their job. We plan to appeal, and we hope the Supreme Court will right this wrong. This fight is far from over.”
Reference: CBN News
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