Sound Off for October 15th: Coach refuses to stop pre-game prayer. Thoughts?
KOMO News– — Bremerton High School football coach Joe Kennedy was told last month that his tradition of leading a post-game prayer with his players is not allowed, and now the coach is asking the district to change that rule.
Kennedy says he’s been doing it for nine years and doesn’t plan on stopping.
In a statement released last month, the school district said, “Our coaching staff can continue to provide motivational, inspirational talks to students before, during and after games and other team activity. However, talks with students may not include religious expression, including prayer.”
“I don’t want to break the law and I don’t want to set a bad example for our kids,” Kennedy said last month. “I don’t want to jeopardize the program that we’ve set up.”
On Wednesday, a religious liberty advocacy group called the Liberty Institute sent a letter to the school district saying Kennedy has a constitutional right to lead post-game prayers.
“I love my players. It’s an honor to work with them and teach them about good sportsmanship and teamwork. I hope the school district will allow me to continue working with these kids – and thanking God for them,” Kennedy said in a written statement released by the Liberty Institute.
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