Washington state high school football coach Joseph Kennedy, who lost his job for leading prayers and took his case all the way to the Supreme Court —and won —will be reinstated by the spring of next year, new documents show.
According to ABC News, “a joint stipulation filed in Washington state district court on Tuesday by attorneys representing Joseph Kennedy and lawyers for Bremerton School District stated that ‘Kennedy is to be reinstated to his previous position as assistant coach of the Bremerton High School football team on or before March 15, 2023.'”
Kennedy’s attorney, Jeremy Dys, confirmed to ABC News that the coach will be moving back to Bremerton, Washington.
A spokeswoman for the school district says questions still remain over accommodations around the prayer, but confirms Kennedy will be returning.
“This is a right for everybody. It doesn’t matter if you’re this religion or that religion or have no faith whatsoever,” Kennedy told ABC News during an interview earlier this year. “Everybody has the same rights in America.”
From ABC News:
Kennedy and his attorneys at First Liberty Institute, a Texas-based Christian legal group, filed suit against the Bremerton School District after he was suspended seven years ago over the midfield prayers and his contract was not renewed. He insisted the prayers were brief, private individual acts of faith, while the school district argued that student participation breached constitutional prohibitions against the promotion of religion by government officials.
Kennedy had routinely prayed on the field after games for more than seven years, attracting varying levels of participation from students. He said the ritual typically lasted less than a minute.
“It was my covenant between me and God that after every game, win or lose, I’m going to do it right there on the field of battle,” he told ABC News.
More over at ABC News:
Coach Joe Kennedy, from the Supreme Court's praying football coach case, will be reinstated "on or before March 15, 2023." https://t.co/qfJgMrMbD8
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