Todd Starnes / October 20, 2015

Football Coach Refuses to Lose Religion, but Will He Lose His Job?

The Washington state football coach defied the Bremerton School District on Oct. 16 by dropping to a knee and praying at midfield after the Friday night football game. “I’m going to be bold in my faith, and fight the good fight,” he told the Kitsap Sun. “It’s beyond humbling to have so much support. Whatever happens, happens.”

The Washington state football coach defied the Bremerton School District on Oct. 16 by dropping to a knee and praying at midfield after the Friday night football game.

“I’m going to be bold in my faith, and fight the good fight,” he told the Kitsap Sun. “It’s beyond humbling to have so much support. Whatever happens, happens.”

The Bremerton School District issued a stern letter to the coach just hours before the football game warning him not to pray.

“Strict adherence is required and expected, and violations cannot be tolerated,” school district attorney Jeffrey Ganson wrote in a letter to Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser.

Liberty Institute is representing the coach. It asked the school for a religious accommodation — but was denied.

For years Coach Kennedy would walk to midfield and pray after the football game had ended. He was inspired to pray after watching the faith-based football film, “Facing the Giants.”

In September the school district opened an investigation, fearing that the post-game prayers might violate the Constitution. And shortly thereafter, it banned his gridiron conversation with the Almighty.

The district forbade him from praying in public or mentioning anything religious in the locker room. It also banned him from kneeling or bowing his head.

The district also demanded that his inspirational messages to the team be secular.

Attorney Sasser told me what happened on Friday night during the Homecoming game was akin to a made-for-television movie.

After the final whistle blew, the coach walked to the 50-yard line and took a knee.The opposing team saw the coach and rushed back onto the field along with a number of their fans.

“He had no idea he was surrounded by the opposing team,” Sasser told me. “It was a beautiful sight.”

As homecoming fireworks exploded in the air, the coach prayed and the fans cheered.

“It was an amazing, amazing time,” Sasser told me.

His courage even drew the attention of famed NFL coach and fellow Christian Tony Dungy.

“I appreciate Coach Kennedy staying true to his convictions,” Dungy wrote on Twitter.

“Glad I never faced anything like this in my career.” So the question is, what happens now? Will Coach Kennedy be reprimanded? Will he be fired?

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

★ PUBLIUS ★

“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.