The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of the football coach who was fired for praying at the 50-yard-line after games.
Joe Kennedy lost his job after kneeling at midfield for thirty seconds of silent prayer after a game at Bremerton High School in Washington state.
Kennedy’s story was detailed on Newsweek:
Kennedy v. Bremerton School District has drawn widespread support for the coach, including 54 Republican members of Congress, numerous religious groups, former President Donald Trump and eight former National Football League players, who have filed an amicus brief asserting that prayer among players and coaches is an acceptable activity at high school football games.
On the opposite side are school officials, some parents, and clergy aligned with the Washington, D.C.-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which is providing the legal muscle and funds to argue the case on the school district’s behalf.
‘Coach Kennedy has used his position of power here in the Bremerton School District to put pressure on these local students to participate in a post-game ritual which involved Christian prayer,’ says the Reverend Gregory Reffner, pastor at Brownsville United Methodist Church in Bremerton. ‘Even though Coach Kennedy may not have intended to apply that pressure, the fact is there was an impact of it being there.’
Republican Senator James Lankford filed an amicus brief in the case, stating “If Coach Kennedy took a knee during the National Anthem, his school would have praised him, but instead, he took a knee after a football game to pray so the school fired him. Schools cannot pick and choose which type of free speech or faith expression they like or do not like.”
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