Texas high school's cheerleaders can use Bible banners for at least 14 more days, judge rules

Oct 5, 2012 Full story: www.dallasnews.com 8

The hand-painted red banner created by high school cheerleaders here for Friday night’s football game against Woodville was finished days ago. It contains a passage from the Bible — Hebrews 12:1 — that reads: “And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

School district officials ordered the cheerleaders to stop putting Bible verses on the banners, because they believed doing so violated the law on religious expression at public school events. In response, a group of 15 cheerleaders and their parents sued the Kountze Independent School District and its superintendent, Kevin Weldon, claiming that prohibiting the students from writing Christian banner messages violated their religious liberties and free-speech rights.

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“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#1 Oct 5, 2012
Another take on this issue -- " https://www.examiner.com/article/texas-christ... ;
The Dude

Birkenhead, UK

#2 Oct 5, 2012
Hmm, unlike Dover this one's not quite as clear cut. I understand the superintendent action to ban the displays, out of fear of his school being landed in an expensive lawsuit. Then the other judge allows the displays, as it can be said it's the students putting their own time an money into them so they can freely express themselves, which they have every right to do as guaranteed under the First Amendment.

The issue here is how much school sponsorship is involved in these events,*and* how far that goes as being relevant to the student's being able to enact their religious rights.
EdSed

Hamilton, UK

#3 Oct 5, 2012
“I feel like it’s getting God’s word out to those that need it,” Kieara, 16, said of the banners.
That is what is wrong with the banners. It strikes me as 'sue-happy' to sue someone over the banners.

I wouldn't like that message, but just as Kieara has the right to express it, I have the right to reject it and view it as daft or ignorant. Such 'messages' only indicate the superstition inherent in religion, so why should the non-religious care?

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#4 Oct 5, 2012
If these same students painted a banner that they then hung in the school cafeteria, would that be the same thing and would we not be in the 'Jessica Ahlquist' case argument?

“It's just a box of rain...”

Since: May 07

Knoxville, TN

#5 Oct 5, 2012
The line between freedom of expression and separation of church and state should be drawn in the least repressive possible place, and freedom of expression should be given the benefit of the doubt where there is any. It's all too easy or us atheists to get on our high horses and insist on a political correctness that makes no sense at all. We shoud avoid doing that.

“Blue Collar Philosopher”

Since: Nov 08

Texas, USA

#6 Oct 11, 2012
It was a football game ... not a race. If they're going to use God on a sports banner they should at least not make him look like an idiot. They only managed to "get the word out" that God is a sissy and doesn't know anything about sports. I'm grateful to live in America where we have the inalienable right to make ourselves look like idiots. I exercise it all the time.

Since: Dec 11

Location hidden

#7 Oct 24, 2012
EdSed wrote:
Such 'messages' only indicate the superstition inherent in religion, so why should the non-religious care?
Because the school is promoting that religious message when it is supposed to be secular.
Amused

Princeton, MA

#8 Oct 25, 2012
As an atheist, I'm completely indifferent to expressions of belief by theists. They have a right to believe anything they want, no matter how absurd I might find it.

On the other hand, I don't understand how theists are not upset at how the banners trivialize the things they claim to believe. Like believers who pray for divine intervention on behalf of their team in a sporting contest, people who put scriptural quotes on banners to inspire athletes are just reducing their beliefs to another gimmick. That can't be good for the myth.

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