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Religious Banners Allowed at Games

by Elizabeth Ruiz

A judge says cheerleaders at Kountze High School in Southeast Texas can display religious-themed banners at football games.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot, who intervened in the case in support of the cheerleaders, calls it a victory for religious liberties and for young kids with brave hearts and big prayers.

"We're very proud that the judge upheld these cheerleaders' rights to display Bible verses on these banners because it ensures they have the freedom to speak, just like any other students," Abbott told 550 KTSA News.

Last fall, the Kountze Independent  School District barred  the students from displaying the religious messages at games after receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

"The Freedom From Religion Foundation was wrong to try to bully these high school cheerleaders," said Abbott.

In his ruling Wednesday, State District Judge Steve Thomas  said  that no law "prohibits cheerleaders from using religious-themed banners at school sporting events."

Abbott says it was the right decision. 

"The Constitution has never demanded that students check their religious beliefs at the school house door," said Abbott.

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