Praying Coach Sues to Get Job Back

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Published on: August 13, 2016

As I reported, Coach Joe Kennedy was known for being the praying coach.  The coach, much beloved by his players, would kneel after every game.  He would pray on the sidelines.  Coach Kennedy would make no announcements.  The Coach did not call anyone over or invite anyone to join him.  But, this act of private faith caused some to be angered.

Because of complaints and Kennedy’s refusal to discontinue the practice, he lost his job.  But now, in typical fashion, Kennedy is not going to take this lying down.  He has filed suit against the Bremerton School District.

The Washington Times reports:

Joe Kennedy said he isn’t suing the Bremerton School District for monetary damages. The coach said he only wants his job back and the ability to live consistently with the tenets of his faith.

“I really hope that the school district will give me my job back so I can get back to doing what I love most: coaching my players,” Mr. Kennedy said in a statement.

Mike Berry, senior counsel for the First Liberty Institute, which represents Mr. Kennedy, said the school district discriminated against his client on the basis of his religious beliefs in violation of the First Amendment and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which bars religious discrimination in employment.

“Citizens who work for government are not banned from praying. That’s now the law. That’s religious hostility and discrimination,” Mr. Berry said in a statement. “All we’re asking is for Coach Kennedy to be reinstated and for the school to allow him to continue to pray alone at the 50 yard line after the game.”

We are often reminded of the absence of good men.  We are told that what the next generation needs is the men of this generation fill the gap of the absent father.  Young men need role models, but when a real man stands up, the culture seeks to tear him down.

I hope that the Constitution is upheld here, and that Joe Kennedy will once again be called Coach.  And I hope he never stops praying.

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