Joe Kennedy is a former U.S. Marine who later became a successful high school football coach in Washington state’s Bremerton School District. After football games, Kennedy used to take thirty seconds for silent Christian prayer.
Unfortunately, in the liberal school district, that was enough to get Kennedy fired after he refused to follow a directive forbidding him to pray on the sports field. Thankfully, Kennedy is in the process of getting payback against the school district officials.
Kennedy hired the First Liberty Institute to be his legal counsel, and the first court ruling went in the school district’s favor. Now, however, his case is being presented before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Said Kennedy’s lawyer Jeremy Dys, “There’s a disagreement in the law right now, and it’s going to be up to the courts to figure out exactly how do we allow this thing to go forward or not.”
He continued, “What does the first amendment require? Does it require an employer to respect the religious beliefs its employee and accommodate them where possible? And is it an undue hardship for an employer to allow an employee like coach Kennedy to take 15 to 30 seconds to take a knee on the field and offer a silent prayer? Or does it require them to send them off into the press box or class room or something like that — out of sight and out of mind of everybody else in order for that accommodation to be met? That’s what is in front of the court right now.”
Said Joe as part of oral arguments in the courtroom, “I am grateful for the opportunity to have the court review this case. I fought in the Marines for our freedom. I never thought I’d have to go to court to protect my own. My hope is that, at the end of the day, the court will let me get back to the sidelines and back with my team.” Do you support Joe Kennedy?