A wonderful story has been unfolding in the world of high school football as Joe Kennedy, Head Coach of the Bremerton High School Football team, has returned to the field after being fired for leading his team in prayer. Christians all around the globe are treating this as both a win for religious freedom and for First Amendment rights in America.
In an interview with KING 5 Seattle, Kennedy talked about his battle to get back onto the field with his team. He also shared a thank you to the fans all around the nation who offered him support as he took his case through trial after trial.
He said, “It’s been a long road and many heartbreaking years, but it’s great that it’s finally worked out. But it’s been tough. To everybody that’s been supporting me and praying for me across the United States, I mean, that was millions of people. That’s what kept me going and kept me in this fight.”
Coach Kennedy also spoke on air with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham as he described his emotional return to high school football. On top of returning to his dream job, Joe Kennedy is receiving a $1.7 million settlement following the attacks against his First Amendment rights.
Kennedy sees his return as a message to all Americans, showing them that the core values that this country was founded upon are still enforced by our judicial system. “It’s going to feel really great just to be able to know that the First Amendment and free speech and freedom of religion is alive and well for all Americans,” he said.
Kennedy was impassioned when he talked about how we are going to save ourselves from the increasing decay of our society, saying, “politics is not going to be the one to save us. God’s got to save us. We’ve got to save ourselves. We’ve got to get off our butts, and it’s just going to show everybody that’s prayed, we’ve won. We won this together.”
Lastly, he has one request for everyone who listened to his interview, “I challenge everybody to take on God. Just try Him out. Prove me wrong and you’ll see what miracles He could do in your lives. If an Average Joe like me could do it, imagine what everybody else could do in America.”
Joe Kennedy is an example of the greatest strength of America: equality under the law. Kennedy knew that he had the right to free speech and freedom to express his religion in public, and he exercised those rights. When he came under attack for that decision by powers that were able to take away his livelihood, Kennedy was afforded the opportunity to fight back and win compensation for that overstep.
This win for Joe Kennedy is a huge win for Christian Americans everywhere who see their religion more frequently coming under attack in the media and with Liberal politicians.
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