Wash. coach Joe Kennedy, who prayed after games, has appeal rejected

By Cam Smith

Good news and bad news for Joe Kennedy, the former football coach at Washington’s Bremerton High. The bad news: His request for an appeal that would reinstate him was rejected. That means he’ll have to take his grievance straight to the man (or woman) upstairs.

The good news? He apparently has plenty of experience doing just that.

As reported by the Seattle Times, Kennedy was fired when he refused to stop praying with his players after football games. His prayer at a public school facility ran afoul of the separation of church and state as protected by the Constitution.

Since a three-member panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the school district in upholding a lower court’s decision that found the district was justified in firing Kennedy the coach and his legal team have attempted to gain a rehearing of the case by the full court. On Thursday that request was officially rejected, leaving his attorneys with just an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as an option to revisit the case against Kennedy.

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