The former high school coach who spearheaded the Supreme Court’s decision on postgame prayer, joined “The Faulkner Focus” to discuss Monday’s decision.
According Fox News Digitalthe issue centered on whether a public school employee praying alone but in full view of students was engaging in unprotected “government speech”.
Joe Kennedy was a varsity assistant coach at the Bremerton School District in Washington from 2008 to 2015.
“You know, I really don’t know what to say. I just can’t help but smile and, you know, thank God and thank everyone who supported me, and I found out that I wasn’t crazy,” he said. in a transcript obtained by Barrett News Media. “That’s absolutely true of all the facts of the case, and it feels good to know that the First Amendment is alive and well.”
Kennedy said he was motivated to return to the field and coach again. “As soon as they – the school district says, ‘Hey, come back,’ I’m there. Absolutely. First game.
Kelly Shackelford, CEO of the First Liberty Institute, joined the conversation. She reiterated that both free speech and free exercise are protected by the First Amendment.
“So if the government is going to violate that and in that case really fire him because he exercised his First Amendment rights, they have to have some kind of very serious rationale for that, and they had nothing like that,” she added.