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Federal Appeals Court Cries Foul On Wash. Football Coach’s Claim That He Can Lead Students In Prayers

Religious freedom scored a major victory today when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that a Washington public high school had the right to stop its football coach from leading students in prayer.

Americans United Applauds Federal Appeals Court Ruling Protecting Religious Freedom Of Students And Their Families

Church-State Watchdog Argued Successfully Before 9th U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals That Football Coach Cannot Pray With Students

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today hailed a federal appeals court’s ruling rejecting an effort by a public high school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., to pray with students after games.

Joe Kennedy, an assistant coach at Bremerton High School, was placed on administrative leave in 2015 after he refused to stop praying on the 50-yard line at the end of the school football games. He then decided not to reapply to be a coach.

A Public School Football Coach In Washington State Wants To Pray With Players. AU Says That’s Out Of Bounds.

Yesterday, Americans United filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, telling the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that a public school in Bremerton, Wash., had both the right and the obligation to take action when one of its coaches was discovered leading students in prayer.

Federal Court Denies Public School Coach’s Request To Pray With Students

Bremerton High School Assistant Football Coach Joe Kennedy Loses Round In Court

A federal court today rejected a motion by a public high school football coach in Bremerton, Wash., who sought the right to pray with students after games.

Joe Kennedy, an assistant coach at Bremerton High School, was placed on administrative leave last year after he refused to stop praying on the 50-yard line at the end of the school football games. He then decided not to reapply to be a coach this year.