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Supreme Court to hear case of Washington high school football coach fired for praying


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Coach Joe Kennedy would take a knee on the field after games to engage in personal prayer.

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear oral arguments later this year in the case of a high school football coach in Washington state who was fired for praying after games


The case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School Board, involves Joe Kennedy who coached the football team at Bremerton High School from 2008 to 2015.

The issue began after Kennedy was hired when he would take a knee on the field after games to engage in personal prayer.

According to a 2019 story in the Daily Wire, Kennedy’s players began joining him and invited members from the opposing team to do the same. Kennedy would also give motivational speeches at mid-field that included messages of faith.

The school board sent Kennedy a letter in September 2015 stating he was under investigation for violating the district’s “Religious-Related Activities and Practices” policy. The policy says students can engage in “private, non-disruptive prayer” at times that do not conflict with learning activities but that staff should not encourage or discourage it.:snip:

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