Christianity in America is being trampled on more and more every day.
If it’s up to the radical Left, there will be no evidence of it in public in the next few years.
And now, a court of appeals ruled against this football coach, and the reason why will leave you enraged.
Joseph Kennedy was a football coach in a Washington school district, and after every game, he prayed. This didn’t sit well with the school, so they banned him from praying after the games.
When he didn’t, he was later fired.
Kennedy exercised his rights and in 2017 took the matter to court.
The Ninth Circuit ruled in 2017 that Kennedy was not entitled to get his job back because he took advantage of his position when he kept praying on the field. Kennedy’s lawyers argued that because the game was over, he was no longer on the clock and should therefore be allowed to pray with his players.
According to court documents, coach Kennedy had told the District that he intended to solicit local and national media coverage to advance his cause. Often parents, students, local community members, and even players from the opposing team would rush the 50-yard line and join the coach in prayer.
The United States Supreme Court later declined to hear the case, which is when Kennedy proceeded with appealing the original decision.
Unfortunately, the ninth circuit court of appeals ruled last week that the school district can, in fact, ban a coach from praying on the field after football games.
The three-judge panel wrote, “Kennedy’s attempt to draw nationwide attention to his challenge to the District showed that he was not engaging in private prayer. Instead, he was engaging in the public speech of an overtly religious nature while performing his job duties.”
During the appeal process, Kennedy’s lawyers argued that banning the coach because he could be seen while praying is a clear violation of his constitutional rights.
“Today’s opinion threatens the rights of millions of Americans who simply want to be able to freely exercise their faith without fear of losing their job. We plan to appeal, and we hope the Supreme Court will right this wrong. This fight is far from over,” First Liberty Institute’s General Counsel Mike Berry said in the statement.
One has to wonder if this same ruling would have come down if Kennedy was not praying but instead inciting an Antifa-style riot on the 50-yard-line. The Left clearly twists the law to only come into play when it protects their interests.
Unfortunately for America, this is just one of many cases where a Christian has been told they are not allowed to pray in public.
Culture Watch News will continue to keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.