Just for today, Lord,
help dry my tears.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name from this time forth and for evermore. From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the LORD'S name is to be praised for His name alone is excellent. His glory is above the earth and heaven.
"At first I was a complete coward, hiding under the desk. I thought maybe they have guns, maybe people are going to start shooting us. We were praying."
"If we had arrived one minute earlier, we would have been right inside, right where it happened.....at the counter I was going to. I'm just so grateful."
"Liberty Institute is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization committed to defending and restoring religious liberty across America—in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Often, our help is a last resort for those whose constitutional freedoms and God-given rights have been denied." Mission statement from the Liberty InstituteAfter reviewing the case and within a month, Liberty Institute sent a letter to the school board clearly explaining why the coach is within his rights to offer personal prayers. Two days later and a few hours before the next game, a homecoming game, the school told Joe he was facing disciplinary action if he ever prayed again on school property within sight of his players. In other words, he must hide when he prays.
"BSD does not uniformly or consistently enforce its discriminatory policy. I have observed other BSD employees engage in visible religious expression without adverse consequences.”That night, attorney Hiram Sasser of the Liberty Institute walked with Kennedy onto the field as Kennedy intended to offer his usual post-game prayer. They didn't walk alone for long. Bremerton players came back to support their coach. On top of that, many players from the opposing team joined in a circle around the coach as he prayed.
“Coach Kennedy engages in private religious expression during noninstructional hours, after his official duties as a coach have ceased. He neither requests, encourages, nor discourages students from participating in, or coming to where he prays. … Under these circumstances, there is no constitutional prohibition against Coach Kennedy’s private religious expression.” Hiram SasserEEOC will decide if an investigation is in order.