FOX News Guest Blames School Shootings on Coaches Who Don’t Pray with Students

By Hemant Mehta

This morning on Fox & Friends, Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden was invited to talk about Joe Kennedy, the former Bremerton High School football coach whose contract wasn’t renewed after he continued praying on the field while working. Kennedy sued — and lost repeatedly — but his lawyers are now asking the Supreme Court to consider his case.

Bowden said Kennedy had done nothing wrong, before blaming a lack of coerced prayer for school shootings.

He explained the illegal theory to co-host Steve Doocy:

BOWDEN: Just like I said at the first of the program, by golly, if we’re not gonna raise our children, and not give them good things, and not have prayer with them, or for them, where are they gonna get it? Where are they gonna get it? If we’re going to fire everybody that has a prayer with a team, man, I wonder what’s gonna happen to our young people? It’s — surely everybody sees the problem going on in our schools today. People walking in off a street and killing 11 of ’em. Killing 12 of ’em. Killing two of ’em, and things like that. You know it? I mean, we need something stronger than us to seize this. I think we need to go to the Man upstairs.

DOOCY: Ultimately you would like to see Coach Kennedy get his job back or be able to coach somewhere else. But Bobby, you know how things are these days. We’re in a very litigious society now, and when you introduce religion into things in the public square ultimately there is going to be somebody who may take offense to it. You talked about the two families who asked that you not take their sons to church. There’s going to be somebody who objects to it. So going forward, he might get his job back, but if he does this again he’s going to get in trouble.

BOWDEN: Well let me ask you this, can you do anything without somebody objecting to it? If you do it, some are going to object. If you don’t do it, some are going to object. I believe I’d rather be on the right side, and to me, that’s on God’s side.

Needless to say, school shootings have nothing to do with forcing kids to pray to a Christian God. Maybe we can point to a combination of easy access to guns and a desire for vengeance against classmates (especially girls who ignored you), but a lack of coercive prayers aren’t on the list of symptoms.

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  1. @OP – Joe Kennedy, the former Bremerton High School football coach whose contract wasn’t renewed after he continued praying on the field while working. Kennedy sued — and lost repeatedly

    He is obviously stupid, bigoted, delusional, and just the sort of character to be featured on Fox!

    However – back in the real world, there is other real news!

    Those who believe in exorcisms, usually believe in prayers – and some of them seek out children!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45120580

    A man arrested after 11 malnourished children were found in a remote desert compound was training them to commit school shootings, US media report.

    According to prosecutors’ documents, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj was teaching some of the children, who are aged one to 15, how to use weapons.

    Found on Monday, the remains are those of Mr Wahhaj’s missing three-year-old son, Abdula-Ghani Wahhaj, the Taos News reports.

    Mr Wahhaj is suspected of abducting the boy from his Georgia home in December, and it was the search for him that led to the arrests.

    The toddler suffered from seizures according to the missing person’s report filed by his mother.

    But Mr Wahhaj believed the boy needed to be exorcised, according to court papers.

    “He poses a great danger to the children found on the property as well as a threat to the community as a whole due to the presence of firearms and his intent to use these firearms in a violent and illegal manner,” Mr Hasson wrote in court documents.

    The complaint cites a foster parent of one of the 11 children as saying Mr Wahhaj “had trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings“, US media say.

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