Assistant football couch Joe Kennedy at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Washington, says a higher authority is guiding him to defy federal laws by praying with his team on the 50-yard line after games.
In September, the school district sent a letter to Kennedy ordering him to stop praying with the football team after games, King5 reports.
The letter, written by Superintendent Aaron Leavell, stated that Kennedy's interactions with players must "remain entirely secular in nature, so as to avoid alienation of any team member and, importantly, violate the law and our Board policy."
Kennedy complied for a while, but at a press conference on Oct. 14, he said he will pray after the homecoming game on Oct. 16.
“I kind of made an agreement with my personal faith and with God that this was something that I was going to do, and I was going to give him the glory after every single game, and do it on the 50,” Kennedy told Fox News, according to Raw Story. “I’m kind of a guy of my word, and I’m just going to go through with what I’ve always done.”
The conservative nonprofit Liberty Institute is supporting Kennedy's decision and has already asked the district to end their prayer ban. If he’s fired by the school district, Kennedy says he will file a lawsuit alleging the school district violated his First Amendment rights.