Praying Football Coach Placed on Paid Leave by District

A football coach at a Washington state high school who prayed at games has been placed on leave.

Bremerton School District officials said coach Joe Kennedy’s leave came because he did not adhere to court orders that he refrain from public religious displays on the football field.

Kennedy has conducted pre- and post-game prayers, often joined by students, since 2008. He was asked to stop and at first agreed to the ban, but with support from the Texas-based Liberty Institute, he moved to taking a knee for 15 to 20 seconds at midfield and holding a silent prayer. His lawyers say he’s not leading students in prayer, just praying himself.