“American Great Judgment”: A football coach who loses his job in prayer reacts to winning a Supreme Court case. OLASMEDIA TV NEWSThis is what we have for you today:
Former Bremerton High School assistant soccer coach Joseph Kennedy worked after the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that his former employer had violated constitutional rights by rebuking him for praying at the football field. He says he is excited to return to.
In a 6-3 ruling on Monday, a majority of courts said that the First Amendment’s Free Movement and Freedom of Speech protected Kennedy’s prayer time because Kennedy was an individual engaged in religious expression. Said.
Kennedy told CBS News on Monday that he thanked everyone who supported his proceedings, calling the court’s decision a “big decision for the United States” and finally ending it. rice field.
“Everyone with or without faith has the same rights, and that’s all about the Constitution,” Kennedy said. “It’s the right of all Americans.”
When asked about a student who might have felt pressured to attend prayer, Kennedy called the intercession “15 seconds.” Kennedy also said that some students who said they felt uncomfortable were given complete freedom to skip prayer and no one received special treatment to participate in prayer.
“It’s America. You can’t or can’t participate. It’s entirely up to you,” Kennedy said. “It’s personal freedom, and it’s great that I have freedom. It’s my freedom to be able to pray for that moment myself.”
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a football coach who prayed in the match
Kelly J. Shackelford, CEO of the First Liberty Institute, Kennedy’s lawyer, said the two players who said they wouldn’t attend the prayer became team captains.
Former Bremerton, Washington assistant coach began praying on the field following a football game in 2008 and continued practicing until 2015. He and the Bremerton School District have begun a fierce debate about whether practices that often involve other players and students are protected. Religious expression.
Kennedy chose not to reapply for a coaching position after being taken on leave for violating the district’s instructions to stop praying with his students, and instead sued the school district in August 2016. The district, Kennedy and his legal team have appealed to the Supreme Court. After dismissing his case once and losing it in another Kennedy lower court, the judge finally agreed to hear the coach’s case in February.
Kennedy told CBS News that he wanted to get his old job back, but he hasn’t heard anything from the school since the ruling was announced. Kennedy, who became a coach again, said he intends to continue praying, but he doesn’t know where it will take place.
The Bremerton School District said it will continue to strive for a “welcome and comprehensive environment for all students, their families and our staff.”
“I don’t want to go back and pray with the children,” Kennedy said. “I just want the ability to thank God after a football game.”
Melissa Quinn contributed to the report
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