Back in 2015, Joe Kennedy was dismissed from his job as an assistant football coach for the Bremerton School District in Washington State.
Did he do something wrong? Was the team absolutely awful under his watch?
No and no. Kennedy was let go because his practice of praying with players at midfield after games suddenly became frowned upon.
He started the practice soon after he was hired in 2008, and it caught on. Players from both sidelines would join him, but the district told him to knock it off.
Kennedy initially obeyed the order, but it rubbed him the wrong way. He made it clear that he thought it violated his freedoms of speech and religion. Kennedy started praying at midfield again, and he lost his job.
The case has been gradually making its way through the court system, but Kennedy just received a setback. The notoriously liberal and often overruled 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against the former coach, who was looking to return to his job.
As CBN News shares, the ruling states that Kennedy “took advantage of his position to press his particular views upon the impressionable and captive minds before him.”
First Liberty Institute has been representing Kennedy in the case, and group President Kelly Shackelford notes that “This is not the America contemplated by our Constitution,” according to CBN.
As for Kennedy, he remarked that “it’s always been a great thing throughout our entire football league, and for it to be something bad, it kind of shocked everyone,” CBN shares.
Kennedy’s battle is not over, as the religious freedom case will be advancing to trial.
Source: CBN News