On Tuesday, First Liberty Institute filed a major federal lawsuit on behalf of Coach Joe Kennedy against the Bremerton Independent School District in Washington State. The lawsuit alleges that the school district violated Coach Kennedy’s First Amendment rights to free speech and to freely express his religion when it fired him for praying.
The suit seeks the immediate reinstatement of Coach Kennedy, and the right of Coach Kennedy to continue his quiet prayer at the 50-yard line after each game. Coach Kennedy is not seeking any monetary damages; merely his right to freely practice his faith, and coach the game he loves.
He prays after the games. He’s at work, and in the public eye, so that’s significant. Still, really?
He could probably get a job in North Carolina, and they’d get upset if he didn’t pray. I’ve had principals ask staff members to lead the staff members in prayer before staff luncheons. Your experiences might be different.