A Washington state high school football coach, who also served for 20 years as a Marine, is under a major investigation for post-game prayers.
At Bremerton High School, coach Joe Kennedy has been praying at the 50-yard line with some members of the team for almost 10 years.
While the praying is voluntary, the school district is angry. They believe the staff shouldn’t encourage anyone to pray.
But Coach Kennedy is not backing down, even though his job is at risk! He is speaking out and getting national headlines for his bold defense of religious liberty. He is a Christian, and he doesn’t have to hide his faith just because it’s a public school.
This is awesome!
“I spent 20 years in the Marine Corps, and it’s been about protecting the freedom of other people,” he said. “It’s about the freedom, and people can believe whatever they want. I’m just exercising my right. The game is over, and I just thank god for every one of these young men that are out here.”
It’s not yet clear what promoted the district investigation, but many in the stands at Monday’s game assumed it came as the result of a complaint or concern about the separation of church and state.
“It’s freedom of religion, not freedom from religion,” said Bill Bailey, who was actually cheering for Bremerton’s opponent to win the game, but says he supports Kennedy’s post-game prayers completely. “If they don’t like it, they don’t have to participate.”
With so many school shootings, sexual abuse scandals, and other sad stories coming out of our school, Coach Kennedy believes our schools need MORE prayer… not less! And I think he’s right.
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