(EAGNEWS) — BREMERTON, Wash. – A Washington high school assistant football coach is suing the Bremerton School District after he was fired for quietly praying on the 50-yard line after games.
Joe KennedyAssistant coach Joe Kennedy was suspended in October and terminated in November for refusing orders from school officials to stop his silent post-game prayers. The Christian coach had prayed before and after games since 2008, and many students on the team joined him, but a visitor from another school complained that players may feel compelled to participate and argued the act equates to the school endorsing religion.
The episode also gained the attention of the Satanic Temple of Seattle, whose members attended a Bremerton football game decked on in devil gear to demand equal access to pray publicly. At one point, players from multiple teams, parents, and local residents joined Kennedy on the field to pray after games in a show of solidarity, EAGnews reported.
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