Coach Kennedy once again makes National Headlines because of his recent announcement to take on the Bremerton School District in Court regarding his termination because of his praying at the 50 Yard line .
The past 60 years has seen a reverse in how religious freedom is defended , it is not defended in the courts as it once was . The recent debate in states about the religious freedom bills was seen as an attempt to discriminate against homosexuals , that is another debate but the Federal version was actually the act of a bi partisan legislature who agreed that religious freedom has been taking a beating as of late and needed support .
Lack of respect for religious beliefs today is seen as persecution by some miss guided believers in my opinion , actually we are having a greater impact on our culture from secular world views today is the real issue . Academia sees itself once again in the age of enlightenment . This can appear as some one being against you if your views differ. Just as Traditional Marriage was never about being anti gay , supporting secular views being anti Christian is often not the case . Most people are not anti God , they really just don’t have God on their radar . Since almost all religious speech is denied according to our courts today it claims neutrality because it discriminates equally . I have noticed the longer this view has been accepted , the more hostile religion has become politically and the hostility of non religious views pushing agendas have become more uncivil also . Seeing religion as the opposition to their secular politics and world views has cause many people who may be normally just un concerned about religious beliefs see them as the enemy because of political resistance . . .
Often the sides seem to support religious discrimination by gay activists and those atheists with a strong commitment to supporting freedom from religion . Many are in the middle and just are neutral on the whole subject . Coach Kennedy supporters seem to be made of devout Catholics and Evangelicals . The Sun Newspaper has seen an incredible amount of people from atheist world views making comments .It has become a national issue .
I found myself supporting this coach , not because of the law but because of the hostility he is facing . The attacks are down right sadistic at times , and to offer a view contrary will result in religious beliefs being compared to ignorance and so much worse. I read comments supporting the Human Right Conference and read the same person right after commenting on the Sun mocking this person praying . I see a dis connect in how we respect others based on the categories they are seen to be in . Those who claim free thought and logic I would think would notice this more . Almost as if non belief has become a religion itself and puts a veil over their eyes in looking at the issue clearly . Seems the coach could be wrong but that should not necessitate a need to mock his sincerity or ridicule his religious beliefs . The District may be wrong , but obviously they were also concerned of other voices and controversy .
Religion needs to get out of politics and folks need to lighten up on the free expression of religion .
I pray out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge~~that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16~19