BREMERTON, Wash. — The former Bremerton High football coach who was fired in 2015 for taking a knee in brief, personal prayer after football games must now hope that the nation’s High Court will look at his case.
That’s because the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Fran-cisco, Calif., declined July 19 to reconsider the ruling against Coach Joe Kennedy issued in March by a three-judge panel of that court.
Several legal agencies are representing Kennedy, and they plan to appeal now to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jeff Mateer, chief legal office for First Liberty Institute, expressed confidence the Supreme Court will recognize Kennedy’s constitutional right to pray on the football field and will “right this wrong.”
But there is no guarantee the High Court will act. It declined to review the case in January 2019, saying it needed to continue in lower courts; the justices said they needed more information to resolve the matter.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State is representing the Bremerton School District.