Last night, Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy prayed on the field despite several warnings from people who knew better. So either he’s getting fired or the District’s getting sued.
District officials have already said they will act on the violation:
The Bremerton School District, through its attorney, stood firm before the game that private prayer on campus is fine for staff, but a prayer on the field crosses the line, creating a liability for the district.
The district has guidelines, said attorney Jeffrey Ganson of Porter Foster Rorick LLP, “strict adherence is required and expected, and violations will not be tolerated.”
The most interesting part about this may be who is and isn’t on Kennedy’s side.
He is currently represented by Liberty Institute, the Christian legal group that says everything he’s doing is perfectly fine. (The District’s lawyers, along with church/state separation groups, disagree.)
But apparently, Kennedy asked another Christian legal group, the American Center for Law and Justice, to defend him before Liberty Institute came along. And they said no.
[KIRO Radio’s John] Curley spoke with attorney Jay Sekulow about the issue. Sekulow is chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice. His organization was contacted by Bremerton coach Joe Kennedy after he was asked to stop praying after football games by his employer, the Bremerton School District.
Sekulow said his organization refused to represent Coach Kennedy, Curley reported.
“They said, ‘We’re not going to take it,'” Curley added.
If even the ACLJ says a Christian coach doesn’t have a case, you know Kennedy’s actions are indefensible.
Not that Liberty Institute cares. They’re in the news, they’re getting publicity, and when they lose, they’ll send out fundraising letters all about how they tried to protect a Christian martyr.
That’s all that really matters to them. The law isn’t on their side, but the money will come in either way.
(Screenshot via Kitsap Sun. Thanks to everyone for the link)