A football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington refuses to leave his faith at the door while doing his job.
Coach Joe Kennedy has said he would continue to pray at school because he is exercising his right to freedom of religion.
This is what religious nuts just don’t understand. Your weirdness, i.e. talking to imaginary beings, makes other people uncomfortable.
It’s like being forced to be around a mentally ill person, it’s not something everyone wants to do.
Thankfully a student at Bremerton has asked the Satanic Temple if they would come to deliver an invocation after the coach’s prayer, and the temple accepted.
Head of Seattle’s Satanic Temple, Lilith Starr, gave this statement to the media:
“We will be at Thursday’s game doing a post-game Satanic invocation on the field if Coach Kennedy continues to pray. We won’t step on the field if he is stopped or doesn’t pray.”
The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits public officials from promoting religion.
Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction, Randy Dorn, said this:
“School staff exercising their right to silently pray in private on their own is fine, but leading a prayer isn’t. School officials are role models; leading a prayer might put a student in an awkward position, even if the prayer is voluntary. For students who don’t share the official’s faith, prayers the official’s public expression of faith can seem exclusionary or even distressing.”
A religious rights group out of Texas, Liberty Institute, is backing the coach, saying they will sue the district for infringing on Kennedy’s right to pray.
Who will represent the students that are non-religious or Atheist? The Satanic Temple, that’s who.
Lilith Starr says that if the school allows Kennedy to pray on campus, they cannot discriminate against the Satanic Temple for doing the same thing:
“In permitting school-sponsored prayer, the district has created a de facto open forum for religious expression in accordance to the Establishment Clause of the federal constitution which prohibits the government from preferring one religion over another. Therefore, the Satanic Temple wishes to ensure their belief system has equal access to the football field.”
The student who requested the temple’s invocation has asked to remain anonymous, in fear of his safety from religious quacks.
However, he felt his Atheist beliefs were not being represented by Coach Kennedy or Bremerton High, and decided contacting the temple was the only way to make his point.
This isn’t right, and it’s in direct violation of the American Constitution.
Video courtesy of Tasha Childress via YouTube:
Source: Raw Story