Religious freedoms? Praying coach files discrimination claim and college suspends Christian prof for wearing a hijab

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BREMERTON, WA – Remember that football coach in Washington State who got suspended for praying with his team?

District bigshots told Joe Kennedy praying on the field after games violated district policy.

He didn’t stop, so they put him on paid leave in October.

Last month, his coaching evaluation carried the recommendation: do not rehire.

That includes a federal discrimination complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

He’s claiming religious discrimination. “It was that knife in the heart going wow, that`s really it. So I`m kind of forced to do the only thing I can do, fight for my rights.”

Kennedy says he’s had offers, but he wants to stay at Bremerton.

Whether he stands a prayer is up to the big guy: Uncle Sam.

Larycia Hawkins is a tenured professor at the evangelical Wheaton College in suburban Chicago.

But the school put her on administrative leave after she put on a hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering.

Hawkins is a Christian, and did it as part of her personal Christmas journey to show solidarity with Muslims.

She explained it in a Facebook post, writing “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book.”

Wheaton released a statement saying it has “significant questions regarding the theological implications” of what she believes is the relationship between Christianity and Islam.

Wheaton president Philip Ryken released his own statement that said “We support the protection of all Americans including the right to the free exercise of religion, as guaranteed by the constitution of the united states."

Apparently that freedom doesn’t extend to Christians reaching out to Muslims during these terrible times of terror.