We’ve written here on numerous occasions about the efforts of The Freedom From Religion Foundation to remove all instances of prayer or mention of God from schools and universities around the country. A few months ago, Col. West was attacked by the liberal press for saying, as he recalled his days playing football at Grady High School, “Before every game at Grady Stadium, the pastor would come down and pray before every football game. I don’t remember catastrophic injuries. I don’t remember anyone getting carted off that field paralyzed.”
So of course this was dutifully recorded by a liberal tracker and picked up by a number of media outlets with a blazing headline something to the effect of “Allen West believes prayer can eliminate football injuries.”
Oh come ON people. Can’t you get a LIFE?
Listen, when we had prayer in schools, we didn’t have gun violence, “sexting,” widespread delinquent behavior and disrespect towards teachers either. Did prayer “prevent” those things?
Well, I can tell you one thing, a belief in God certainly did.Now one high school football coach in the state of Washington is under fire for choosing to pray before each game, but he is not standing down. As Todd Starnes, writing for Fox News reports, Coach Joe Kennedy , a Desert Storm and Desert Shield combat veteran, made national headlines in September after the Bremerton School District launched an investigation into his post-game prayer.
Since 2008, Coach Kennedy would walk to the 50-yard line where he would offer a short prayer of thanksgiving for the safety of the players, the fairness of the game and for spirited competition.
“I’m being investigated for thanking God for the opportunities that have been given me,” he said. “It’s absolutely ridiculous.”
The Bremerton School District eventually issued a three-page letter to the coach – forbidding him from praying before or after high school football games.
“I spent 20 years in the military defending the Constitution and the freedoms that everybody has,” the coach told (Todd Starnes). “All of a sudden, I realized that people who work for the public schools don’t have the same constitutional rights that everyone else has.”
The Bremerton School District took specific issue with the coach’s pre-game locker room prayer as well as his post-game inspirational talk at midfield. “Problematic practices,” is how they phrased it.
“If students engage in religious activity, school staff may not take any action likely to be perceived by a reasonable observer, who is aware of the history and context of such activity at BHS, as endorsement of that activity,” the superintendent wrote – including activity such as kneeling or bowing of the head.
Kennedy is now represented by Liberty Institute, a law firm that specializes in religious liberty cases. But regardless of the case in progress, Coach Kennedy still intends to pray midfield on Friday night – even if it means losing his job.
“I’m not a guy who hides in a corner and does a secret prayer to God,” the coach told Starnes. “I’m very open about my faith everywhere I go.”
As he should be. The last time I looked at the Constitution, it said something about “no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
At least for now…
A belief in a higher power, a more perfect power towards which must always strive gives us our civil society, and the very foundation upon which this nation was built. Prayer is a way of acknowledging that power, and reminds of us the true and righteous path we must follow.
I thank God we still have Americans like Coach Kennedy who will make a stand for that righteous path.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]