- Christian coach wins Supreme Court case after being fired for praying on field after football games
- Supreme Court Sides With Christian Coach Punished For Praying
Christian coach wins Supreme Court case after being fired for praying on field after football games
Written by Peter Boykin on June 27, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that a Washington school district was wrong to punish a high school football coach for praying on the field after games.
In a decision released, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Bremerton School District discriminated against Coach Joe Kennedy.
In response to the opinion, Kennedy said, “This is just so awesome. All I’ve ever wanted was to be back on the field with my guys. I am incredibly grateful to the Supreme Court, my fantastic legal team, and everyone who has supported us. I thank God for answering our prayers and sustaining my family through this long battle.”
Kelly Shackelford, president, CEO and chief counsel for First Liberty, a religious liberty law firm based in Plano, Texas, which represented Kennedy, hailed the court’s decision as a “Tremendous victory for Coach Kennedy and religious liberty for all Americans.”
Paul Cement, former U.S. Solicitor General and First Liberty network attorney who argued Kennedy’s case before the Justices, said, “After seven long years, Coach Kennedy can finally return to the place he belongs – coaching football and quietly praying by himself after the game. This is a great victory for Coach Kennedy and the First Amendment.”
In 2015, the school district suspended Kennedy for praying on the field after games and later decided not to renew his contract because of his refusal to stop praying on the field.
In January, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal in the case and heard oral arguments in late April, with the justices debating whether Kennedy’s prayer practice was coercive.
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