Sound Off for October 30: Is praying in a public school violating separation of church and state?
BREMERTON, Wash. — A Bremerton, WA football coach has been placed on paid administrative leave for refusing to refrain from “overt, public religious displays on the football field,” the school district announced Wednesday night.
Joe Kennedy, an assistant coach, had been leading prayers with his student athletes on the public school football field after games, something the district warned him against, saying it could be seen as violating the separation of church and state. He continued his displays of religion, though he started doing it silently and by himself.
Kennedy showed up to the game last night, watching from the stands. In the end, the Bremerton Knights won the game. Kennedy and a small group went to their knees to pray.
Now Kennedy’s lawyers say they are moving forward with a discrimination lawsuit, arguing that Kennedy’s constitutional rights are being violated. The district had no comment.
What do you think? Is Kennedy violating the separation of church and state? Or should he be allowed to pray with students?