Praying coach who won Supreme Court case says all he wants is his job back

In penning the majority decision, Justice Neil Gorsuch – a Trump nominee – wrote it isno accidentthe First Amendment protects religious speech, but anatural outgrowth of the framers distrust of government and attempts to regulate religion and suppress dissent.

Kennedy had originally been put on leave in 2015 for reciting prayers at midfield following games. Those prayers, Gorsuch ruled, are Constitutionally protected.

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Kennedy (composite)

Kennedy (composite) (Win McNamee/Getty)

He expressedimmense thankfulness for the courts and the lawyers and their every supporter and every American who made this happen.

Kennedy’s attorney, Kelly Shackelford, confirmed to Fox News Kennedy’s main goal was to rejoin his former squad and be allowed to publicly offer praise to Jesus Christ.

One of the neat things that people don’t realize is Coach didn’t ask for any money. He wanted to make that clear. All he wanted was his job as a football coach and to be able to say that 15- to 20-second prayer; a silent prayer after the game,” Shackelford said.

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Joe Kennedy, who coached high school football in Bremerton, Washington, with his players on the field

Joe Kennedy, who coached high school football in Bremerton, Washington, with his players on the field (First Liberty Institute)

The court reiterated that that’s all he asked for today. And so that’s what he’s going to get unless [the school] want[S] to defy the Supreme Court.

Shackelford praised the precedent set by the high bench, in that coaches who follow in Kennedy’s tradition are protected.

When asked if Kennedy plans to try to return to Bremerton, Shackelford strongly suggested he would:

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In the fall, he’ll be back on the field, and he’ll be saying a prayer after the game,” lui ha risposto.

Let’s hope they don’t have that fight [to keep Kennedy off the field], but we’re ready to have that fight. If they want to defy the Supreme Court, I think they’re going to realize they made a serious mistake. I don’t expect them to do that. But we’ll be ready if they do.

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