Sound Off for December 15th: Praying coach files discrimination complaint. Does he have a case?
BREMERTON, Wash.– — A Washington state high school assistant football coach who was suspended for praying at midfield after games has filed a discrimination complaint.
The Liberty Institute, the Texas-based law firm that’s representing coach Joe Kennedy, says he filed the complaint Tuesday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It alleges the Bremerton School District discriminated against him when it suspended him Oct. 28.
Kennedy had prayed before and after games, sometimes joined by students, since 2008.
The district asked him to stop when the practice came to its attention this year, but he persisted by silently taking a knee and praying. The district argued that students could feel coerced to participate in religious activity when they see their coaches lead or endorse it.
Kennedy earlier said he’s willing to take the praying issue “as far as it goes” and by doing so says he’s teaching his players “if you believe in something you stand up.”
Meanwhile, supporters have filled Kennedy’s Facebook page with messages.
Dozens of lawmakers in the Congressional Prayer Caucus sent a letter earlier this fall to the superintendent expressing support for the coach.
Do you think he has a solid case?
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