NFL players are using the national anthem to promote a social agenda, and it’s spreading to college and high school athletes like a cancer with no serious repercussions. But let a high school coach, on his own initiative, kneel in prayer at midfield after a game and watch out. All hell breaks loose.
That’s the substance of the legal argument developing for Joe Kennedy, an assistant football coach for Bremerton High School in Washington state until he was fired for taking a knee on the field before and after games and praying. A district court denied his request to halt the school district’s discrimination against him, and now he has notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of his plan to appeal
“I’ve attended the games this season as a spectator, but it’s been a punch in the gut to be in the stands,” Kennedy said in a statement released by First Liberty Institute, which is working on his case.Report is here.
I guarantee that had a Muslim prayed at mid-field, nothing would have happened. (People would have been too afraid.)
Meanwhile, the Henry County School District in Georgia issued the following directive to the schools in that district:
“You are hereby directed to remove all items which contain religious symbols, such as crosses, printed bibles, angels, bible verses, printed prayers, and biblical quotations from the common areas, hallways, classrooms, and office of East Lake Elementary School,” the edict read.
“Further…religious and biblical references should not be included in notes to parents, email signature lines, or any other correspondence sent on behalf of East Lake Elementary School,” the edict continued.
Anything that smacks of Christianity is gasoline on the fire of the forces of darkness.