We currently live in a country where it is seen as offensive to publicly kneel in prayer and heroic to kneel during the national anthem.
This is the insane double standard that former high school football coach Joe Kennedy pointed out on an appearance on The Story With Martha MacCallum last night.
Coach Kennedy was placed on paid leave from his position as assistant coach for the Bremerton High School football team in 2015 for refusing a school administrative order to stop kneeling on the field in private prayer following games.
When his contract was not renewed, he sued the school district. Most recently, the ultra-left Ninth Circuit has denied an injunction that would have allowed him to have his job back as the case continued.
The irony of how much NFL players are praised for kneeling for the national anthem while he lost his job for kneeling in prayer does not escape him.
“I can’t wrap my brain around it,” Kennedy said. “I’m a Marine. I want the same rights for everybody else. What applies to one should apply to every American.”
According to the court, his lawyer says, his case is different because he was a public employee and that he did not have the right to private, silent prayer because he would do it at a public school function and “people in the stands” could see him.
The appeal they’re prepared says this is due to “a sweeping and unconstitutional rule: Public school teachers and coaches have no First Amendment rights whenever they are ‘in view of students.'”
The difference between the way Coach Kennedy is treated and the way NFL players are treated is astounding. You might say there is a difference between a high school football coach and an NFL player, which is true, but in that case just look at how Tim Tebow was treated for publicly displaying his faith on the field.
Kennedy bothered no one as he quietly prayed, by himself, following football games. By refusing to stop when the school administration demanded him to, he made a bold stand and continued to pray.
When Colin Kaepernick took a knee, not in prayer but in a blatantly anti-American protest that was supposed to be about black people killed by police but mostly just insulted those who have fought, bled, and died for our country, he was hailed as a national civil rights hero. When his contract wasn’t renewed because he was a mediocre quarterback, there were protests outside the NFL headquarters.
Our country has no more respect for one of the most important aspects of the First Amendment–the free practice of religion. Coach Kennedy made a much bolder stand by staying true to his God on the football field like Daniel facing the lion’s den than NFL players do by taking a knee during the anthem like lemmings jumping off a cliff.
It’s time people wake up to these ridiculous double-standards and remember what liberty truly means.