Should cheerleaders display religious banners at games?
Jennifer Lee Preyss
Nov. 4, 2012 at 5:04 a.m.
Updated Nov. 5, 2012 at 5:05 a.m.
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?
PRO: Cheerleaders post banners in name of free speech, click HERE
CON: Allowing religious banners could be slippery slope, click HERE