Appeals Court: Texas Cheerleaders Can Promote Christianity at HS Football Games

Oct 2, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

A few years ago, the Kountze High School (TX) cheerleaders won a lawsuit that said they could hold up banners with Bible verses on them to support the football team during games.

Now an appeals court has affirmed that decision, opening the door to even more religious signs, held up by student athletes, at school-sponsored events.

You may recall that the cheerleaders were actually fighting their school district in court (not some atheist group) because then-Superintendent Kevin Weldon had told them to stop with the banners. So when Judge Steve Thomas ruled in favor of the cheerleaders in 2013, he was simultaneously telling the district it couldn’t stop them from being all preachy on the football field. Thomas wrote in his decision:

The evidence in this case confirms that religious messages expressed on run-through banners have not created, and will not create, an establishment of religion in the Kountze community.

Neither the Establishment Clause nor any other law prohibits the cheerleaders from using religious-themed banners at school sporting events. Neither the Establishment Clause nor any other law requires Kountze I.S.D. to prohibit the inclusion of religious-themed banners at school sporting events.

There were two big problems with this ruling, according to church/state separation experts.

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One comment on “Appeals Court: Texas Cheerleaders Can Promote Christianity at HS Football Games”

  • Thanks be to God and Corinthians!

    Nothing to do with the coaching staff or hard work in training by the players then!! 🙂

    Now if Jesus is being given credit for Manchester City’s victories in the English premier League, – I can believe that!

    Gabriel Jesus or Sergio Aguero?

    Jesus rewarded his manager with an assist and a goal, as Raheem Sterling sealed the points and was then sent off after receiving a second yellow card for his stoppage-time celebrations.

    The 20-year-old has now contributed towards 12 goals in his first 11 league starts for City – by scoring eight and providing assists for four. 🙂

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