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Cheerleaders, Bible Verses, and Freedom of Speech Collide

Updated on October 19, 2012

There mere fact that this issue has reached the Texas courts is why the First Amendment and the Freedom of Speech is worth defending.

Would it bother you if the cheerleaders at a high school football game paraded banners praising God or citing bible verses? If so, why? Are you so insecure in your own belief? Well, apparently someone was and complained. The cheerleaders at the high school elected as a team, to do this, each one takes a turn of selecting a bible verse to put on a banner in relation to the football game for inspiration. Because it is an individual selecting the verse, it does not represent the school, the school district, or even the cheerleading squad.

Most of the students at the high school support it or ignore it, they are not required to accept it. The team usually runs through the banners when they enter the field. Yet, the Anti-Defamation League and others took this to court to have it stopped saying public schools are for children of all faiths or no faith, and these banners were clearly being displayed in the context of school sponsored activities and should not be at school events. The school district does not want to give the impression they favor Christians over other religious beliefs at the high school.

The judge presiding over the case ruled in favor of the cheerleaders at the attempt of the school district to stop them because it would violate the cheerleaders right to free speech.

School officials tried to prevent the cheerleaders from displaying banners with religious messages such as, "If God is for us, who can be against us". However, the fight is not over, the trial is set for June 2013.

What a waste of time. Rah, rah, rah!


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      William Grant 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      The only problem I see is the clear double standard. If the slogans were from Atheists, the cheerleaders would be shut down so hard it would make your head spin and anti-censorship organizations would have to take direct action because the public would be largely behind the school administration.

      I don't see the act itself as a problem. I don't care if they plaster pro-Christian, pro-Muslim or pro-Scientology messages during a game. I don't care at all.... as long as they would also allow pro-Atheism slogans. Otherwise THAT is hypocracy.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Perrya - I agree - we should fight for our freedom of speech including religious freedom. This is America and as Americans that is our right. Our nation was founded on Christian beliefs and the majority of Americans still practice Christianity - why should a small group of non christians be able to decide what is right for the whole.....

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      perrya 5 years ago

      Well, it is America, a non-Muslim nation historically. The same can be said of the intolerant Muslim nations. I agree. But only in the US can one openly state their beliefs without getting stoned, killed, etc.