by Jorge Gomez • 5 minimum reading
As Coach Joe Kennedy’s case heads to the United States Supreme Court, more and more Americans come together and cheer him on in the fight to reclaim his constitutional rights.
Today we are pleased to announce that our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom recently filed a friend of the court brief in the highest court in the land supporting Coach Kennedy on behalf of several football stars. Here’s a look at who’s on that list:
- Kirk Cousins: Minnesota Vikings quarterback and former Washington Commanders quarterback.
- Nick Foles: Chicago Bears quarterback and former quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars. He led the Philadelphia Eagles to victory in Super Bowl LII and was named Super Bowl MVP.
- Joe De Lamielleure: former Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns offensive guard, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Phil Olsen: former center and defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills.
- christian meditate: former quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers.
- Drew Stanton: former quarterback for the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Harry Swayne: Former offensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.
- Jack Youngblood: Former defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
What do all of these current and former NFL greats have in common? Each of them attended and played football at at least one public high school or university before turning professional. Plus, they’ve all, at some point in their careers, lived out their faith by praying on the field, just like Coach Kennedy did.
As the brief points out, each of them:
“He voluntarily exercised his constitutional right to pray before, during and after the games he played on behalf of these schools – sometimes alone, sometimes with other players and sometimes with coaches. Everyone… therefore has direct experience of the environment in which this affair took place. And every amicus can witness first-hand the power of prayer – generating gratitude for the opportunity to play, promoting the high ideals of sportsmanship, protecting the safety of those who enter the field, bridging personal, political, and racial divides between players, and ultimately glorifying God.
They also express strong support for the protection of Coach Kennedy’s constitutional rights, stating:
“…There is no doubt that Coach Kennedy’s prayers fall on the private side of the public-private line. Accordingly, these prayers are protected, not prohibited, by the First Amendment.
These latest additions are impressive, but they’re not the only ones rallying. Joining Coach Kennedy’s All-Star Team is a diverse coalition of prominent leaders, national organizations and allies who also submitted memoirs from friends in the field:
- 56 members of Congress
- 27 state attorneys general
- 60 state legislators
- Former attorneys general, including Edwin Meese II, William Barr, Alberto Gonzales, Michael Mukasey, Jeff Sessions and Matthew Whitaker
- Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos
- The American Legion
- Family Policy Alliance
- Thomas More Society
- Freedom Council
- American Center for Law and Justice
- Americans for Prosperity
- Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
- Coach Tommy Bowden
- Former professional footballers Steve Largent and Chad Hennings
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
- Jewish Coalition for Religious Freedom
- America First Legal Foundation
- Notre Dame Law School Religious Freedom Initiative
- Christian Legal Society
- Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty
- America First Policy Institute
This incredible outpouring of support for Coach Joe underscores that he is a critical case for religious liberty in America. Winning the Supreme Court would allow Coach Joe to return to the game he loves, while living his faith freely. And a victory for him could also set a precedent for demanding religious freedom for coaches, teachers, public school workers and all Americans on and off the field.
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