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Should cheerleaders display religious banners at games?

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Nov. 4, 2012 at 5:04 a.m.
Updated Nov. 5, 2012 at 5:05 a.m.

In this Sept. 19, 2012 file photo, Kountze High School cheerleaders and other children work on a large sign in Kountze, Texas.  Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that he is intervening in a lawsuit that cheerleaders filed against the school district. The district told the cheerleaders to stop using Bible verses at football games after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained.

Kountze High School cheerleaders made national news when they sued their school district for preventing the squad's display of faith-based, run-through banners at football games.

Kountze Superintendent Kevin Weldon disallowed the banners shortly after receiving a letter from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation threatening legal action against the school if the Scripture-embellished banners continued.

Two weeks ago, Hardin County District Judge Steve Thomas awarded the cheerleaders a temporary injunction in favor of the squad, ordering the school district to allow the signs. A trial date is scheduled for June 24.

In Texas and other states, religion and athletics have long co-habitated and intertwined.

But where do the lines of separation exist between church and government at school-sponsored athletic games?

Should students be allowed to display religious-inspired signs at public school athletic functions?

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PRO: Cheerleaders post banners in name of free speech, click HERE

CON: Allowing religious banners could be slippery slope, click HERE



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