'Praying coach' claims Buddhist allowed to stay

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Bible 2A legal firm is asking why a public school district suspended a Christian football coach for praying after games while a Buddhist coach remains on the team.

Liberty Institute raised the question in a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Joseph Kennedy, an assistant football coach who was suspended in October for his post-game prayers at the 50-yard line. 

Kennedy has prayed after home games at Bremerton High School since 2008. But the school district, citing court cases about school prayer, told him to stop or face punishment. 

Kennedy

The coach's fight with the school district drew national attention late last year.

Liberty Intitute filed the EEOC complaint in December, citing a second Bremerton coach who is Buddhist and who also prays after ball games, The Seattle Times reported

The newspaper said that coach, who declined to be interviewed, is the offensive coordinator for the football team. That coach told the newspaper he expects to be deposed by attorneys as part of the complaint.

Liberty Institute attorney Jeremy Dys says federal laws state that employees can engage in "reasonable displays of religion and free exercise of religion" if that action is not disruptive to employment. 

Citing the complaint, he hopes the EEOC will "see the egregious actions for what they are and take appropriate action to rectify the situation."

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