Friday, November 8, 2013

TX School Says Cheerleaders Part of Government So Their Speech Can Be Controlled

When you hear the words ‘public school,’ ‘scripture’ and ‘lawsuit,’ what usually comes to mind?  Do you think that someone, a student or teacher, used a scripture verse on campus and the atheists are up in arms and running to the nearest court house to file a lawsuit?  Does it bring to mind people praying at the beginning of a high school football game?

Regardless of the circumstances, it conjures images of someone screaming that there has been a violation of church and state and they can’t let that happen.  But in the case of one Texas high school, the argument is different than what you would expect.

The cheerleaders at Kountze High School in Kountze, Texas, about 47 miles north of Port Arthur, have used scripture verses on the large banners that the football team runs through at the start of games.  This time, it wasn’t the atheists that cried foul, but the school district cried foul and tried to stop the use of scripture verses on the run through banners.  The issue ended up going to court and in May, Hardin County Judge Steve Thomas ruled that the cheerleaders had the right to display the Scripture verses since it was private speech.  It was also made known that the Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott became involved in the case and supported the cheerleaders rights to use the verses.

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