Coach Joseph Kennedy prayed on the 50-yard line with his football players after games. The Bremerton School District in Washington told him to stop, but he refused to comply. The district suspended him and then refused to rehire him at the end of his contract.
The district claimed that Kennedy was acting as a government employee, and his actions violated the district’s policy against school staff indirectly encouraging or discouraging students from engaging in religious activity. His prayers amounted to “government speech,” which violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District.
Kassie Dulin of First Liberty, which represents Kennedy, spoke to Star Parker on a recent episode of CURE America. Dulin said Kennedy had been praying after games for seven years, and it was a compliment that started all the trouble. Watch the brief clip for more.
Tonight on CURE America TV, we speak with Kassie Dulin of @1stLiberty who is at the forefront of a battle for religious freedom, representing football coach Joe Kennedy who lost his job for kneeling in prayer on the field.
Watch at 7pm EST on @WatchNRBTV https://t.co/EAO18FF3MG pic.twitter.com/B5UPG7cYwP
— CURE (@CUREpolicy) May 16, 2022