A coach who was fired for praying after his high school football game is calling out the hypocrisy of the NFL because of the similarity of their cases.
Why was he fired?
Joe Kennedy worked as a coach at Bremerton High School in Washington state, but was fired when he was seen praying on the 50-yard line after the football games with his players.
After the school district suspended him and refused to rehire him when his contract expired, he sued based on the First Amendment right to free speech and exercise of religion.
In August, a judgment from the 9th Circuit Appeals Court said that Kennedy could be fired because he was praying in his capacity as a school employee and not as a private citizen.
Was this similar to the NFL kneeling protests?
Kennedy was on Fox News to explain why he thought the two cases were similar.
"Yeah, you know I can't wrap my brain around it, you know, I'm a Marine, I served for 20 years, and I just want the same rights as anybody else and you know what, applies for one should apply to every American."
"So, yeah, I see a lot of similarities, freedom of speech and you know," he concluded, "the Constitution should apply to all."
Here's the segment from Fox News:
Why is this important?
The juxtaposition of the two stories shows how some of the institutions in our society lean toward accommodating left-wing expressions of free speech, but shut down those expressions when they spring from traditional, Christian values.