Washington — It was after watching the sports film "Facing the Giants" that Joseph Kennedy, then a new coach for the Bremerton High School football team in Washington state, was inspired to pray.
And so, after coaching his first game for the Bremerton Knights in August 2008, Kennedy walked to the 50-yard-line, "on the battlefield," the retired U.S. Marine says, and took a knee to offer a prayer of gratitude.
It began with the coach, alone, briefly thanking God after the final whistle for keeping the players safe, for fair play and for spirited competition. But soon enough, the number of players gathering alongside Kennedy after games grew to include a majority of the team, though participation varied. At least one parent said his son felt "compelled to participate" out of fear he would lose out on playing time.
Jesus’ teaching on prayer (Matthew 6:5-8)
Jesus taught, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”
So when you are a white guy taking a knee to mumble words to an imaginary cult about the game that has just been played it is okay.
But if you take a knee to protest the very real deaths and injuries not to mention injustices being perpetrated on a targeted section of the population that is wrong?
It Colin lost his job so should this guy.
He could have simply bowed his head and mumbled his useless words not make a public display out of it.
I see nothing wrong with what the coach was doing until it appears to have become a de facto requirement for his players to join the bandwagon in order to feel accepted by the coach and the rest of the team. At that point, it became a religious requirement for the players on the team, even if it was an informal requirement. That made it an improper blend of church and state in a public school sports program.
Although I didn’t notice it being specified in the article, I assume this guy is some sort of christian: the sort who ignores the injunction against public displays of piety in the Book of Matthew, wherein the author has his Jesus character calling such behavior hypocritical. Had he quietly and privately thanked his god after a game, without the accompanying showmanship, he wouldn’t have gotten into trouble.