The praying high school football coach from Washington state has suffered another legal defeat. A federal appeals court agreed with a lower court’s ruling not to allow Coach Joe Kennedy to return to his job at a Washington high school. The Bremerton School District dismissed Coach Kennedy after he refused to stop praying at mid-field after football games.

Kennedy is suing the district on religious freedom grounds. He also sought a ruling against the district because he wanted to return to work until the suit is decided. Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most liberal courts in the country, ruled against the coach. READ MORE