High School Football Coach Under Investigation for Thought Crime of Praying With Players

The Obama War on Christianity is in full force following the arrest of Christian woman Kim Davis for refusing to surrender her First Amendment rights to the progressive leftist gaystapo.

A high school football coach and 20-year veteran of the Marines, is not backing down from anti-First Amendment, politically correct, Anti-God progressive types, who are trying to ban him from praying with his players, a voluntary act following each game.

Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy, who is under investigation by the school district for the Orwellian “thought crime” of praying, told KING 5 News that he never asked anyone to pray. He prefers to pray at the 50-yard line after games, and said that sometimes players voluntarily join him and that no one is being forced.

“I never asked anyone,” Kennedy said. “They just all showed up one day and the next thing I know, the other team was showing up with us.”

I spent 20 years in the Marine Corps, and it’s been about protecting the freedom of other people,” he said.  “It’s about the freedom, and people can believe whatever they want.  I’m just exercising my right.  The game is over, and I just thank God for every one of these young men that are out here,” he told KING 5, who reported that fans have been organizing in support of the Christian coach:

“It’s freedom of religion, not freedom from religion,” said Bill Bailey, who was actually cheering for Bremerton’s opponent to win the game, but says he supports Kennedy’s post-game prayers completely.  “If they don’t like it, they don’t have to participate.”

The district would not comment on the ongoing investigation, except to say that Coach Kennedy has not been fired or placed on administrative leave.  News of the investigation spread online over the weekend, sparking protest on a Facebook page called “Support Joe Kennedy.”

Kennedy told KING 5 he’s not worried about losing his job. Instead, his team remains his top priority.

“I don’t really worry about all that nonsense,” he said.  “The only thing I worry about is the kids. It’s not about what my beliefs are, it’s about believing in each other.  It’s about the sport that we love.”

A statement from Coach Kennedy on the Support Joe Kennedy Facebook page says:

“The truth is:
1. Told that I couldn’t lead the prayer.
2. I asked what they would do if I did.
3. They said ” they will fire you ”
4. I prayed.
5. Now I am waiting to hear from the school tomorrow.

As of today, I have not been fired”

Parents told KING 5 that they’ve watched Coach Kennedy pray for years after every game, and that they’re confused why now it’s suddenly an issue.

Coach Joe Kennedy

A rally is planned for Friday in support of Coach Kennedy and a Facebook page, “Support Joe Kennedy,” has been established to stand in support of his First Amendment rights to freedom of religion. As of 2:00 PM Pacific Time, over 1,000 are scheduled to attend.

One supporter, from a rival high school, wrote that his school’s teams pray before every game:


Hopefully, the stands can hold all the supporters at the rally on Friday. Will progressives demand that he be fired and jailed like Kim Davis was?


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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.

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