Suspended coach files discrimination complaint


BREMERTON, Wash. (BP) — A Bremerton, Washington, high school football coach suspended for praying on the field after games has filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Coach Joe Kennedy, assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Bremerton High School, claims the school district violated his rights by prohibiting him from kneeling at the 50-yard line and praying silently after games. The district also retaliated against him for exercising his freedom of religion, Kennedy claims.

Mike Berry, senior counsel at Liberty Institute, which represents the coach, noted, “All we are asking is for Coach Kennedy to be allowed to pray silently, for 30 seconds, at the 50-yard line after the game.”

“We are committed to defending his rights to private religious expression,” Berry said. “No one should be suspended from their job over a moment of silence.”

Kennedy began working part-time at Bremerton High School as…

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