The liberal “educators” at a Texas school system tried to ban its cheerleaders from using a Bible verse on a banner during a game, but the Texas Supreme Court ultimately sided with the girls.
The Texas Supreme Court has finally made a decision on a case brought to the court by the Kountze Independent School District which had hoped to ban its cheerleading team from using the Bible verse.
On August 31, the state’s highest court notified the anti-Christian school district that it would not take its case leaving intact a lower court ruling that the cheerleaders were allowed to use the Bible verse.
The story comes from Fox News’ Todd Starnes:
“Our clients are relieved that the Texas Supreme Court has brought an end to the school district’s scorched earth litigation tactics,” First Liberty Institute’s Hiram Sasser told the Todd Starnes Radio Show.
First Liberty Institute, one of the nation’s most prominent religious liberty law firms, took on the case back in 2012 along with co-counsel David Starnes (no relation) and Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.
“As the football season kicks off across Texas, it’s good to be reminded that these cheerleaders have a right to religious speech on their run-through banners – banners on which the cheerleaders painted messages they chose, with paint they paid for, on paper they purchased,” Sasser told me.
Sasser said school districts across the nation should pay close attention to the Texas Supreme Court’s decision.
“Stop harassing cheerleaders and accept that they are free to have religious speech on their run-through banners,” Sasser warned.
In 2012 seven cheerleaders sued the school district after they were banned from using Bible verses on banners that players would run through at football games. The verses, like “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” were mean to be inspirational and encouraging.
The state’s Ninth Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the cheerleaders in January – declaring the signs are “pure private speech.”
The lower court decided that the cheerleaders’ banner did not constitute “government speech” like the school system claimed.
The district insisted that because the cheerleaders were in uniform and at a school game, the school could force the cheerleaders to cease using the Bible verse. Naturally, the girls disagreed and took the district to court.
So, it’s victory for Christians, for free speech, for the First Amendment, and for America.
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