A federal judge has declined to grant a preliminary injunction against officials with a Washington school district who fired a high school football coach in the midst of a battle over his desire to pray at the 50-yard line. U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton, nominated to the bench by then-President George W. Bush, announced on Monday that he was denying the request for the injunction,

which would have required the Bremerton School District to re-hire Coach Joe Kennedy while his case moves forward in court. As previously reported, Kennedy, the former assistant head coach for the varsity team at Bremerton High School and the head coach for the junior varsity team, was placed on paid administrative leave last October when he prayed at the conclusion of the homecoming game despite an order to cease his practice. READ MORE