KOUTNZE, TX – A Texas district judge is tightening a notch on the bible belt.
Last year rallying moved from the sidelines to a court room after Kountze High School and Middle School cheerleaders were told by district officials they couldn’t display banners with bible verses at games.
But K.I.S.D. wasn’t the original opponent.
The battle kicked off when the Freedom From Religion Foundation, based all the way up in Wisconsin, stuck their northern noses in some southern business.
They claim to protect the separation of church and state, but around these parts, people protect religious expression.
So, the cheerleaders huddled with their parents to file a lawsuit against the district.
The final score: Cheerleaders – 1, K.I.S.D. – 0.
Hardin County Judge Steven Thomas ruled in favor of the cheerleaders and the first amendment.
But not everyone is cheering “Victory.” Anti-Defamation League Regional Director, Martin Cominsky, said, “Choosing one religion over another in a public school is an inappropriate endorsement of one religion over another.”
You win some, you lose some. Now these kids can take the win back to the grid iron.