According to a decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, coaches are now banned from praying at athletic games.
The court ruled on a school board’s decision to suspend high school football coach Joe Kennedy for praying after a game.
Per Town Hall:
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, arguably the most liberal and misguided federal court in the country, has issued a ruling that justifies the punishment of coaches for praying on public school football fields. The big reason? Because parents and teachers can see them doing so and therefore it’s a violation not protected under the U.S. Constitution. More from Fox News:
A Washington state high school football coach who was punished for taking a knee at the 50-yard line for a post-game prayer violated the U.S. Constitution, according to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
A three-judge panel ruled the Bremerton School District was justified in suspending Coach Joe Kennedy after he took a knee and prayed silently at midfield after football games.
“When Kennedy kneeled and prayed on the fifty-yard line immediately after games while in view of students and parents, he spoke as a public employee, not as a private citizen, and his speech therefore was constitutionally unprotected,” the 9th Circuit wrote.
The coach has responded to the decision, saying simply, “we think that is wrong.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 24, 2017
People on Twitter seemed to agree with Kennedy’s attorney:
Sad to be an American without being able to pray when and where you want. The USA judicial system is so out of control.
— Michele Highbe (@MicheleHighbe) August 24, 2017
We all need to stand up for protection of our guaranteed free speech rights from our Constitution. All of this is pathetic. Coach, pray.
— Carlisle (@clemsonorange63) August 24, 2017
What happened to freedom of speech and religious expression…God please help all us!!
— Donna Patterson Lyon (@donnalyon25) August 24, 2017
Standing behind you Kennedy Fight Kennedy fight
— Janet Klepacz (@KlepaczJanet) August 24, 2017