A West Point football coach is under fire for saying the name “Jesus” at the end of a postgame locker room prayer. A video of coach Jeff Monken’s prayer at the U.S. military academy was posted online and sparked outrage. An anti-religion group called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation said the video violated the First Amendment right of some of the cadets.
“This was a clear violation of the First Amendment,” MRFF President Mikey Weinstein told the Washington Gadfly, adding that as a “state actor” the coach cannot endorse any specific religion. “Leadership has confirmed to me he is going to apologize toward the team,” he said. “As a result of this allegation, West Point officials are conducting an inquiry into the matter,” West Point spokesperson Lt. Col. Christopher Kasher said in a statement. READ MORE