Joe Kennedy was a high school football coach in the state of Washington. He lost his job after he refused to stop praying at midfield after football games. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have compelled the Bremerton School District to rehire him while his case is litigated.
The former coach is suing the district, claiming they violated his religious rights. The coach was placed on administrative leave last year after he refused to stop his post-game ritual of taking a knee and praying at the 50-yard-line. After every game for the last eight years, Kennedy walked out to the 50-yard line, took a knee and offered a brief prayer. Eventually, over the years, students asked if they could participate, and he said they were free to do whatever they wanted.
That changed last year when the school district launched an investigation and ordered the coach to cease and desist. He was prohibited from kneeling, bowing his head or doing anything that could possibly be seen as religious in nature.
Ironically, the head coach at Washington State’s Garfield High School, Joey Thomas, recently joined his entire team as they took a knee during the national anthem to protest America. No recriminations are forthcoming.
This is what it’s come to in Obama’s America: you can take a knee in protest, but not in prayer.