GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson on Friday tweeted his support for Bremerton High School football coach Joe Kennedy, who was placed on leave for praying with students after games.
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson tweeted his support Friday for Bremerton High School football coach Joe Kennedy, who was placed on leave this week by the school district for praying with students after games.
Kennedy has drawn national and even congressional attention for his post-game practice of kneeling at the 50-yard line and praying, often with students and other coaches.
The Bremerton School District placed Kennedy on leave after he defied the district’s orders to stop praying after games. A group of Satanists, invited by students and teachers, came to a game Thursday to protest Kennedy’s post-game ritual.
The district has said it was bound by “lawful and constitutionally-required directives” about public religious displays and outlined several Supreme Court rulings it said backed its actions.
Carson has opened up about his faith as a Seventh-Day Adventist, days after GOP rival Donald Trump said of Carson’s religion, “I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about.”
On Saturday, Trump followed Carson in tweeting support for Kennedy.
Trump’s tweet needs a correction, however: Liberty Institute did not suspend Kennedy. Bremerton High School placed Kennedy on leave. The Texas-based Liberty Institute is Kennedy’s legal counsel.