Judge Rules for Texas Cheerleaders in Bible Banner Lawsuit

By:  Dave Bohon
10/23/2012
       
Judge Rules for Texas Cheerleaders in Bible Banner Lawsuit

Cheerleaders at a Texas high school have been awarded an injunction by a district judge, allowing them to continue displaying Bible verses on banners during school football games. Officials with the school district of Kountze, Texas, had forced the cheerleaders to stop using the banners — which bear Bible verses like “If God be for us who can be against us" — after the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) warned the district that the banners may prompt a First Amendment lawsuit. As it has done in dozens of cases, the godless busybodies had convinced the officials that the students were violating the First Amendment's supposed requirement of separation of church and state.

Cheerleaders at a Texas high school were awarded an injunction on October 18 by a district judge, allowing them to continue displaying Bible verses on banners during school football games. Officials with the school district of Kountze, Texas, had forced the cheerleaders to stop using the banners — which bear Bible verses like “If God be for us who can be against us" — after the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) warned the district that the banners may prompt a First Amendment lawsuit. As it has done in dozens of cases, the godless busybodies had convinced the officials that the students were violating the First Amendment's supposed requirement of separation of church and state.

Kevin Weldon, the school's superintendent, told reporters that his decision to ban the banners was “not a personal opinion of mine. My personal convictions are that I am a Christian as well. But I'm also a state employee and Kountze ISD representative. And I was advised that [displaying religious signs] would be in direct violation of United State Supreme Court decisions.”

As reported previously in The New American, the Liberty Institute, which is representing the students, persuaded a county judge to issue a temporary restraining order allowing the students to continue displaying their banners. In addition, the state's Attorney General, Greg Abbott, sent a letter to Weldon and the school board telling them that they were out of line in prohibiting the banners, pointing out that “the Supreme Court has never ruled that religion must be 'kept out' of public schools.”

That restraining order was followed up on October 18 with the injunction by Judge Steve Thomas, who ruled that the cheerleaders could continue displaying the Christian-themed banners while a lawsuit against the school district ban prepares for trial next June.

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