Sports Illustrated Bashes Coach Kennedy, Christians as Wanting an ‘Erosion...of American Democracy'
The Sports Illustrated headline said it all: "When Faith and Football Teamed Up Against American Democracy." What did those toxically masculine Christians do now? Well, high school football coach Joe Kennedy knelt in prayer on the filed after game. He got fired and he sued. The Supreme Court is going to issue a ruling in the case.
SI’s Greg Bishop also claimed Kennedy’s ongoing legal cause demonstrates the “further erosion of the separation between church and state.”
Kennedy’s story began in October 2015 after a Bremerton High School game had ended. The assistant coach went to mid-field and knelt down to pray, as was his custom. But everything changed that night, Bishop writes. Members of his team and fans hurried onto the field to be with him. News reporters were there, too, to cover what the ACLU has railed about for years – the non-existent separation of church and state.
For the previous six weeks, Coach K’s prayers had ignited controversy from lefties unwilling to tolerate a man’s right to pray. His government school employers wanted the prayers to stop, leading to an ongoing conflict that included his termination. First Liberty, a conservative Christian legal firm, had already come to his aid to provide protection for his religious freedom. There were lower-court losses leading to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Additionally, Sports Illustrated interviewed three attorneys who consider a coach who prays “as perilous to foundational American ideals … ” Bishop claims that Kennedy’s opponents are clinging to the Constitution, though the phrase “separation of church and state” appears nowhere in the document. These “white Christian nationalists” are desperately trying to hang on to a country that no longer exists, one that failed to elect a black president until 2008.