Joseph Kennedy, who received a Supreme Court docket battle for the precise to return to the sidelines as a soccer coach, resigned from his place on Wednesday. The shocking transfer comes simply days after he assumed a training function within the district the place he had beforehand been fired.
In recent times, Kennedy has been on the heart of nationwide consideration after claiming that he was terminated from his function as a soccer coach at Bremerton Excessive Faculty (Wash.) for his refusal to cease praying at midfield following video games.
After a Supreme Court docket ruling final summer time that paved the best way for his return to educate, Kennedy was as soon as once more on the sidelines this previous weekend as an assistant coach at Bremerton. And, following the sport, Kennedy knelt in prayer by himself in the course of the sector.
In a press release obtained by the USA TODAY Community, Kennedy defined why he’s leaving his teaching job simply days after his return to the sidelines:
“I consider I can greatest proceed to advocate for constitutional freedom and spiritual liberty by working from outdoors the college system so that’s what I’ll do,” Kennedy stated within the assertion.
“I’ll proceed to work to assist folks perceive and embrace the historic ruling on the coronary heart of the case. On account of our case, all of us have extra freedom, not much less. That must be celebrated and revered and never disrespected.”
On Friday, Bremerton beat Mount Douglas 27-12 of their season opener.
At subject within the firing was whether or not Kennedy’s function as a soccer coach led gamers on the public college to really feel pressured into taking part in a non secular exercise on the public college. Gamers typically joined Kennedy to wish, though he claims in his courtroom case that participation was voluntary and by no means was compelled.
Supreme Court docket Justice Neil Gorsuch, in writing the opinion of the courtroom final June, acknowledged that Kennedy’s prayers following the sport didn’t warrant termination:
“That Mr. Kennedy supplied his prayers when college students have been engaged in different actions like singing the college struggle music additional means that these prayers weren’t delivered as an tackle to the workforce, however as an alternative in his capability as a personal citizen.”