High school suspends coach for praying at games and Satanists make an appearance

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According to ABC News, Bremerton High School announced that coach Joe Kennedy was placed on paid administrative leave for a controversial reason. As a tradition, Kennedy would pray with his athletes on the football field after every game, and the school decided to take action after notifying him that such action was deemed illegal. While Kennedy was banned from the school's activities, he still attends games as any other spectator and gets to see the action and interact with his team - including pray - from the stands.

A group of Satanists showed up to one of the games in response to the controversy. In an attempt to stress the importance of religious diversification and separation between church and state, members of the Satanic Temple of Seattle were present at the game wearing ritualistic clothing. Originally the group arrived to perform a ritual at the end of the game, as they claimed on the temple's website:

In permitting school-sponsored prayer, the district has created a de facto open forum for religious expression in accordance to the Establishment Clause of the federal constitution which prohibits the government from preferring one religion over another. Therefore, the Satanic Temple wishes to ensure their belief system has equal access to the football field.




Presidential candidate Donald Trump expressed his support for coach Kennedy on Twitter:



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High school suspends coach for praying at games and Satanists make an appearance
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Baphomet - Pagan deity (i.e., a product of Christian folklore concerning pagans), revived in the 19th century as a figure of occultism and Satanism. From illustration by Eliphas Lévi, published in 'Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie' ,1855. Since this date, the term baphomet has been associated with Lévi 's image of the Sabbtic Goat. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Baphomet - Pagan deity (i.e., a product of Christian folklore concerning pagans), revived in the 19th century as a figure of occultism and Satanism. From illustration by Eliphas Lévi, published in 'Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie' ,1855. Since this date, the term baphomet has been associated with Lévi 's image of the Sabbtic Goat. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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