You Can Get Fired For Praying! Christians, we must stop the injustice.

Folks, the time is here. Don’t think it won’t happen to you. Don’t think courts have your back when it comes to protecting freedom to publicly pray. The state of Washington certainly is not protecting high school football coach Joe Kennedy for his action of prayer on the playing field. If anything, the system is all about stripping him of his freedom to pray,—and you may be next!

In a years long ordeal Coach Kennedy, a man with twenty years of military service to our country, has been fighting to preserve his first Amendment right to pray at work.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

The Bremerton High School coach first started praying at the 50-yard line in 2008 after each of his team’s games. Kennedy knelt and said a silent 15-second prayer—alone. Coach, inspired by the faith-based film Facing the Giants, was thankful for the game and the safety of the players. Soon the team, and sometimes members of the opposing teams, joined him.

How wonderful to see public expressions of thankfulness to God!

Then, the Satanic Temple stepped in, trying to stop the prayer.

At the instance of the The Satanic Temple in Seattle, Washington, the Marine vet’s American rights came under attack. Because Coach Kennedy refused to stop praying publicly at the school, he was fired in 2015 from his position of coach—a position he truly enjoyed. A position where he shaped and made positive differences in many young men’s lives.

Kennedy has been fighting for the “Constitutional rights of Americans.” ever since. Coach Kennedy stated, “There’s history of football. There’s always been people saying prayers on football fields and giving thanks and I was one of them.”

Are you “allowed” to pray at work?

Imagine you are having a tough day at work, and you stop for 15 seconds at your desk to ask God for guidance—and you get fired! Or perhaps you get a text at work that your mom just had a stroke, so you take 15 seconds to pray for God’s grace, then a co-worker turns you in for praying—and you get fired!

A scenario like either one of those could very well happen to any of us, if Christians do not stand and voice our right to publicly pray.

Franklin Graham spoke out against the original court ruling that occurred in 2017. 

“It’s sad this has happened but it really doesn’t surprise me,” Graham said on the Todd Starnes Show. “We find these courts and these judges are making these decisions against the will of the people. We have judges out there who hate God and hate His standards and disrespect the people who follow God,”  


Pray that Christians may continue to publicly pray.

Though the Supreme Court originally did not accept this case, thankfully they recently indicated they make take it in the future. Folks, please pray for a positive outcome for Coach Joe Kennedy. For his sake and for the sake of any future injustices against public prayer. Hateful actions toward pray will definitely continue if we do not secure a positive ruling in this case.

The Bible tells us specifically to turn to the Lord and pray. Pray in all things. This includes the right for a football coach to continue praying on the football field alone and with students who choose to do so. It includes asking God for full rights granted to us under America’s Constitution. It includes praying for the Satanic Temple, and all others who are not currently believers, for their hearts to be softened by Christ and that they see the evil of their ways.

We are to pray with thanksgiving, and continue to pray, in Jesus’ name.

Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Please take a moment and pray with me for America:

Father God, you reign supreme. There is none like You. I praise Your holy name. America loves You, and I thank You for protection as we serve You. Lord, the United States cites Under God in our Pledge of Allegiance, and In God We Trust as our motto. The U.S. Supreme Court prays, “God save the United States and this Honorable Court.”, and in our inaugural oaths “so help me God” is often spoke.  Also, Congress opens its sessions with prayer. Lord, America believes and has faith in You. Please do not forsake us now as some in authority stubble over our right to publicly pray. Please know We the people are sorry for the path many of our leaders have taken, and I ask for a revival of Jesus to sweep through our government and restore You above all else to Your original highest position. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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14 thoughts on “You Can Get Fired For Praying! Christians, we must stop the injustice.

  1. Hi Debra, thank you for your post. Perhaps things are a little different here in the UK, though I know Christianity is certainly under fire and seen as irrelevant to many these days. Is it not possible to pray quietly (even in tongues) for a couple of minutes whilst you continue to work, or go to the toilets for a quick moment of privacy? I worked in a school one-to-one with a special needs child and couldn’t have got by without constantly giving up prayers – and the Lord definitely gave me ideas and inspiration to help my pupil. I’m very sad that people in the US can literally be sacked for just living their lives dependent on the Lord – even though it doesn’t really impact anyone else. And, dare I say, followers of some other faiths (certainly in this country) are allowed official prayer times and a room to go to. I guess since Christianity is not a “religion” (‘cos it really isn’t!!) it is not afforded the same courtesy!
    Your sister in Christ, Lynn


    • Hello, Lynn. Thank you for your thoughts from the UK! Yes, it is possible to of course pray—anywhere—and no one around would ever know. Coach could simply pray to himself as the game progressed, and at times he may have, and no one would know. However, he chose to peacefully pray in a position humbly on his knee, after the game—alone. But the school doesn’t allow public displays of religion. They fear it looks like they endorse that religion. To coach, and to many others including myself, this goes against the first amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Perhaps the school can write a disclaimer they do not support the practice of Christianity on their grounds? (wouldn’t that be nice for their community!) And you are right, some places of work allow for certain faiths to go and pray at certain times of the day. So are they flagrantly breaking the law with no consequences? I believe each time an American’s Christian practice is removed/erased, it makes it all the harder to get that practice back, and all the easier to take away another practice.


      • Its us Christians dropping the ball. As Picturesofgold alluded to, we can pray any time. any where. We don’t have to kneel, close our eyes, fold our hands or any other outward gesture. In fact, I personally am trying to keep my eyes open (fighting the Christianese training I’ve had.) so that I can see anything the enemy might be trying to do while praying. The scenario is when someone asks for prayer or indicates that they have an issue that needs or could use prayer, I stop and pray for them right then and there. I’m talking about in the grocery store, at work, in the park, etc. We’ve been complaining for a long time about fellow Christians just saying, “I’ll pray for you.” and then walking away. Did they pray for me like they said? Did I pray for them like I said? We have to put action behind our words. Granted many Christian do what they say, but many Christians have admitted they didn’t follow through on what they said. We have to choose our battles, and this coach chose his and that’s fine. We have to be prepared for the day when we are given the choice to accept the mark or be murdered. It may not happened in our lifetime, we need to pass on the training to the Christians that come after us. Every Christian needs to be ready at any given time.


        • Yes, agreed, we all pick our battles. And I’m thankful Coach Kennedy felt the need to defend his right to pray, to kneel, on a high school football field. As a veteran, he served our country fighting for freedoms. As a civilian, he deserves the opportunity to express a basic freedom that not all countries allow, however, it is one that America was founded on. No American should have to fight all the way to the Supreme Court to pray in public. That right was established in our founding years. I’m feeling very patriotic. God bless America!

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  2. As a former coach and activities director, I stand in support of Coach Joe Kennedy. I feel much sadness with this whole situation, and pray His witness and strength will encourage others to continue reach out to a loving and caring God.

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