Kendrick Brothers Production, the company founded by Alex and Stephen Kendrick honor Jesus Christ and make His truth and love known among the nations through movies, books, curriculum, and speaking tossed its support to Bremerton High School football coach Joe Kennedy for his decision to defy the school's decision to ban his post-game prayer ritual.
Kendrick posted on its official Facebook page, "Prayer can lead to revival, and Coach Joe Kennedy of Bremerton High School in Washington has been praying for his players since 2008. Our own U.S. Congress opens its sessions with prayer, and we exercise our Constitutionally-protected freedom of religious expression when we PRAY. We stand with Coach Joe Kennedy as he intercedes on behalf of his team and his opponents!"
Samantha Leonard, a former student at went to Bremerton High School and a follower of the Kendrick Facebook page said she is also supporting Kennedy's decision. She said, "I grew up and live in Bremerton we support coach Kennedy we are so proud of him and taking up the Gauntlet for God!!! Thank you Kendrick Brothers for supporting Coach Kennedy God is at the center of our lives and we praise him in everything!!!"
Another supporter, Amanda Menees Werbelo, said she is standing 100% behind Kennedy. "God bless this coach for standing with Godly morals and principals. We need more coaches and teachers like this to show these kids what true love is.. Gods love...," she said.
Webelos went on to say, "Lord, stand beside Coach Kennedy.. Give him the strength and courage to stand firm in His belief.. Keep your angels around him..."
Kennedy is facing termination from his job after the Bremerton School District launched an investigation into his post-game prayer. But Kennedy, a Desert Storm, and Desert Shield combat veteran, as vowed to defy the ban, reported Fox News.
Kennedy began his post-game prayers after drawing inspiration from the football film Facing the Giants when the coach integrated praying and God praising after every game no matter the outcome.
Coach Kennedy initiated his new philosophy since 2008 by walking to the 50-year line and offer a short prayer of thanksgiving for the safety the players of both the opposing team, fair game and for the Holy Spirit to guide the game. Students have been voluntarily joining him in his prayers.
But the Bremerton School District sent Coach Kennedy a three-page letter forbidding him from continuing with his prayer rituals.
Coach Kennedy said, "I'm being investigated for thanking God for the opportunities that have been given me. It's absolutely ridiculous." He added, "I spent 20 years in the military defending the Constitution and the freedoms that everybody has," the coach told me. "All of a sudden, I realized that people who work for the public schools don't have the same constitutional rights that everyone else has."