High School Coach to Continue Post-Game Prayer Despite Backlash

BREMERTON, WA- A Washington high school football coach says he will be continuing his post-game prayer, despite a request from the school to stop.

Coach Joe Kennedy of Bremerton High School, says his prayer does not violate the law because it happens after the game.

But, his critics say it's an issue of church and state, and Kennedy is breaking the law since he is a government employee.

"As far as I'm concerned, I'm gonna do what I've always done and I'm just gonna do my prayer," explained Kennedy.

"It is a violation of the First Amendment and other federal laws to prohibit Coach Joe from going out onto the 50 yard line and praying after the games," said attorney Hiram Sasser.

Kennedy continued his prayer tradition after Friday night's game, and his attorney has asked the district to review their policy.

If Kennedy loses his job, he would be able to sue.