By Bob Unruh
The case of high-school football coach Joe Kennedy, removed from his job because of his school district’s “hostile” attitude toward his prayers, will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up what his legal team hopes will be a landmark case.
“Coach Kennedy has the Constitution on his side,” said a statement from Kennedy’s advocates, the non-profit First Liberty. “The First Amendment prohibits a school district from being hostile toward religious beliefs and expression. The proper role of a school district is to remain neutral and accommodating toward private religious beliefs.”
WND reported in January when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the most overturned appeals court in the country, sided with officials in the Bremerton, Washington, school district.
They fired him for taking a knee to pray on the 50-yard line after games.
A three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit said that when Kennedy kneeled and prayed after games “while in view of students and parents, he spoke as a public employee, not as a private citizen, and his speech therefore was constitutionally unprotected.”
Hiram Sasser of First Liberty, Kennedy’s attorney, said the school was acting in a hostile manner toward Christianity and “sending the message to all people of faith that they are not welcome.”
First Liberty described the case to restore Kennedy’s rights as possibly “one of the most definitive battles fought for religious liberty in the last decade.”
First Liberty explained that Kennedy was fired for a 15-second silent prayer, and the appeal is warranted because the Ninth Circuit’s decision “puts state employees in danger of losing their job if they dare to publicly express their religious beliefs.”
The legal team said the Ninth Circuit’s prior ruling “could make Click to see the original article