After the highly liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that a high school coach does not have the right to engage in a voluntary prayer after a football game, evangelist Franklin Graham was asked for his reaction Friday by FOX News Radio’s Todd Starnes.
In fact, the court determined that by kneeling to pray at the 50-yard line, Bremerton, Wash., football coach Joe Kennedy had himself violated the Constitution by praying:
When Kennedy kneeled and prayed on the fifty-yard line immediately after games while in view of students and parents, he spoke as a public employee, not as a private citizen, and his speech therefore was constitutionally unprotected.
Graham called the decision “sad,” but added that wasn’t really surprised by it:
“It’s sad this has happened but it really doesn’t surprise me. We find these courts and these judges are making these decisions against the will of the people. We have judges out there who hate God and hate His standards and disrespect the people who follow God.” (Click to Site)