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A high school coach who prayed on the field is suing to get his job back

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Coach Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy, a Washington high school football coach who regularly prayed on the 50-yard-line of the field, lost his job last fall.

Now he's suing to get his job back, claiming the school discriminated against him by putting him on leave, according to the conservative site The Daily Signal.

Students can pray ... but it is a constitutional violation of students' rights for a district employee ... to initiate prayers with students.
Santa Fe Independent School District vs. Doe

Kennedy, who coached Bremerton High School since 2008, was placed on leave before his team's last game, and the school did not renew his contract.

But many students told The Daily Signal that Kennedy would pray alone until players asked to join him.

Kennedy also claims another coach has said a Buddhist chant near the end of many Bremerton games, and has continued to do so after Kennedy was fired.

He was told multiple times by school officials that he had to keep his prayers private, despite reportedly having done so for years, according to CNN.

First Liberty Institute, which claims it is "restoring religious liberty for all Americans" on its website, is filing the lawsuit. 

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