This week a high school football coach in Washington was fired from his job,
- not because he molested a student;
- not because he stole from the locker room;
- not because he posted offensive language on the school’s website;
- not because he exposed himself to other teachers while in the teacher’s lounge;
- not because he was encouraging excessive violence on the field;
- not because he was conspiring with terrorists;
- not because he threatened the coach of another team;
- not because he tried to contaminate the food in the concession stand;
- not because he was caught cheating;
- not because he was caught paying students to play;
- not because he cursed a player’s parents during a game.
No, the reason he was fired was because he dared to kneel and silently pray on the 50 yard line of the ball field AFTER the game. The audacity!
Congress begins with prayer, and the most liberal president we’ve ever had attends national prayer breakfasts, but a high school football coach can’t silently pray on his own time for fear that it might send the message that a public school endorses religion? Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Not.
Now, the school where Coach Joe Kennedy USED to work, Bremerton High School, DID give him an option: he could pray silently alone inside the school, in a room chosen by the administration, just not on the field.
Senator Lankford of Colorado stood on the senate floor and said the following: “Government doesn’t have the authority to confine your faith to the location of government’s choosing.” However, this is where we are heading if people of ALL faiths don’t stand up and speak out.
This is STILL America. We are STILL unique in the world with regard to religious freedom. Don’t let those who want to prohibit the expression of faith in public – our Constitutionally-affirmed right – get away with this.