Wash. coach Joe Kennedy, who prayed after games, has appeal rejected

Jan 29, 2018

By Cam Smith

Good news and bad news for Joe Kennedy, the former football coach at Washington’s Bremerton High. The bad news: His request for an appeal that would reinstate him was rejected. That means he’ll have to take his grievance straight to the man (or woman) upstairs.

The good news? He apparently has plenty of experience doing just that.

As reported by the Seattle Times, Kennedy was fired when he refused to stop praying with his players after football games. His prayer at a public school facility ran afoul of the separation of church and state as protected by the Constitution.

Since a three-member panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the school district in upholding a lower court’s decision that found the district was justified in firing Kennedy the coach and his legal team have attempted to gain a rehearing of the case by the full court. On Thursday that request was officially rejected, leaving his attorneys with just an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as an option to revisit the case against Kennedy.

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3 comments on “Wash. coach Joe Kennedy, who prayed after games, has appeal rejected

  • @OP – Since a three-member panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    sided with the school district in upholding a lower court’s decision that found the district was justified in firing Kennedy the coach and his legal team
    have attempted to gain a rehearing of the case by the full court.
    On Thursday that request was officially rejected,

    But his infallible god-delusion told him he was right!
    Why can’t these courts with their “high-fallutin’ law-books”, see that prayer is trrroooo goodness and agree with him?! 🙂



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  • SCOTUS will not waste their time on this nonsense. He violated the constitutional rights of the players by forcing his religion upon them after games. It is that simple and the SCOTUS will not waste a second on this matter unless they do so by seemingly alternative motives to try to bring “awareness” to the faux attack on Christianity in this country to appease the GOP. But the SCOTUS of old and hopefully the SCOTUS of today will not waste their time on this nonsense. The coach was wrong, he was fired, he needs to quit whining, acknowledge the error of his ways, and not force his oppressive religion upon young minds. Shame on him.



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