My Night in Bremerton with Coach Joe

It was a chilly night, but not unfitting for a night so uncomfortable with itself.

16442“I’ve never seen so many people here for a Bremerton football game,” said one lady outside the gate area.  An obvious fan — oblivious to the reality that most of those people were not there for the game at all.   At least, we know the Satanists weren’t there to watch football.  Neither were the Christians holding up crosses and screaming at the Satanists with bullhorns.  And neither were the dozens of television cameras and newspaper reporters combing the crowd for comments, pictures, and stories.

With 22.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter, on senior night — the final game of the season — Bremerton’s quarterback ran over 25 yards for a game-winning touchdown.  But, outside of the student and parent section, very few of the thousands of people in attendance seemed to care.

Announcements were made before the game, at halftime, and in the fourth quarter, that no unauthorized persons were allowed on the field for “player safety reasons.”  The field was cordoned off with yellow rope.  The game ended, and coaches carefully corralled players towards the locker room, and away from the middle of the field.  But not before they rushed over to the stands to hug Coach Joe Kennedy.

16433Coach Joe Kennedy was in attendance to watch football — as a fan.  A man who had worked all season, pouring his life and energy into these young men, was told he couldn’t enter the field to coach in the final game, all because someone was upset that he publicly acknowledged a power greater than himself.  Shadowed by security and police as if he were some sort of criminal, his presence was welcomed by the Bremerton fans, but cursed by those who waited at the gates in black robes with painted faces, desperate to steal as much attention as possible for their own sick and twisted cause.

The fact that a school district feels that students must be protected from a set of ideas that may differ from their own, rather than using critical thinking and giving students the freedom to think through the validity or invalidity of those ideas, proves that education has moved away from education and into some bizarre interpretation of protectionism.  After all, it is generally illogical to protect oneself from something that poses no threat.  But people will use any shield they can — even something that only slightly resembles constitutional precedent — to protect themselves from an enemy they can’t define, don’t understand, and are too afraid to face.

This is what America has become: an overly-litigious people, unwilling to relinquish a victim role and admit that one man’s prayer doesn’t actually harm them in any way.  A game meant to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of young men has been hijacked by media, Satanists, and the threat of lawsuits.  And all of this specifically because a few people are so offended by one man who chose to give thanks to a power greater than himself.

FPIW encourages all supporters of freedom and religious conscience to sign this petition supporting Coach Joe Kennedy.



3 replies
  1. Kathleen McClelland
    Kathleen McClelland says:

    As long as that assistant coach doesn’t try to use a school event as a forum to push his religion, everything should be fine.

  2. Peggy Hutt
    Peggy Hutt says:

    Those with the crosses and the t-shirts that read “Jesus Lives” were student from the school that were pushing back all on their own against the Satanists! These were not just “others” that came for their own reasons. I know this because I was there and I was at the first game after this all hit! This is in my Legislative District and know many that are from there. We have been attending the games. I sat in the stand and all those students sat i n the center with all the other students during the game. The picture of them at the top of this article is the back of all those students. One young girl cried, “I forgot my bible” as she ran by me on her way to protest the Satanists.

  3. Jenny in W Richland WA
    Jenny in W Richland WA says:

    My heart cries for this situation. And I admit God brought me to not only thank God for Coach Kennedy standing up for his rights as a citizen and believer in the country known as the free and the brave but, I also prayed for the satanists. I believe God brought that to my heart. We can not fight satan anywhere but on our knees. As for the school district, it seems satan has them under his black wing. Father God, strengthen Coach Kennedy in his faith…let no one or no thing prevent him from pursuing You in his life…bless him God. We pray this in Jesus name, Amen.


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