First Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry said Bremerton High School in Washington State picked on the wrong Marine. First Liberty is representing Joe Kennedy, a Marine and former assistant football coach at the local high school. Kennedy was fired in 2015 after he took a knee to pray after a football game. “The (district told him) if you talk to God you’re fired,” Berry said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show. Since 2008, Kennedy had quietly taken a knee after every football game to honor a covenant he made with God.
“That prayer would be by itself, silent or very quiet, and no more than 15 or 30 seconds,” Berry said. “That happened for seven years without a single complaint or issue, but as we all know, no good deed goes unpunished.” Fearing a potential lawsuit from atheists or secularists, the school district ordered Coach Kennedy to stop praying. He was told he could not even bow his head or do anything that would give the impression that he was praying to God.
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