Joseph Kennedy, a former football coach from Washington state high school Bremerton, has been validated by the United States Supreme Court after they ruled in his favor for his pro-religious argument. He became famous when he was fired from his coaching job for leading a prayer session at the fifty-yard line after each game. Since Bremerton is a public school, many people believed that it was inappropriate and violated the law for the high school coach to pray with the students.
After Kennedy lost his coaching job in 2015, he fought to be able to pray with the public school students of Bremerton High School. And now that the Supreme Court has agreed that he was within his rights to do so, he may be getting his job back at the same high school from which he was fired.
After Kennedy was fired from coaching in 2015 for praying with students post-game, he sued the school. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the religious coach who wanted to lead a prayer during public school. The conservative court that former president Donald Trump stacked with judges decided in Kennedy’s favor back in June 2022.
According to an update shared by the Kitsap Sun, a daily newspaper based in Kennedy’s school’s Washington town of Bremerton, attorneys from both Kennedy and the school district stated that he would return to his old coaching job on or before March 15, 2023.
However, Kennedy needed to complete the standard procedures before he could reclaim his coaching position. The boys he would have access to in the locker room may be vulnerable, so a background check was necessary to ensure that Kennedy wouldn’t abuse any of them.
The lawyers filed a document that said, “Bremerton School District shall not interfere with or prohibit Kennedy from offering a prayer consistent with the United States Supreme Court’s opinion.”
Although Kennedy’s demand for prayer in school is still uncertain, those in charge need to figure out how he can hold a session without forcing students to comply with Christian doctrine.
“The parties disagree on the specific wording of this portion of the injunction,” the filing read.
By November 8, 2022 – election day – the court will have received submissions from each side so it can review the proposals and decide how Kennedy can offer his prayer among public school students in Bremerton.
“He’s still part of that community,” stated Kennedy’s attorney Jeremy Dys. He called Kennedy’s return to the fifty-yard line prayer “inevitable.”