Cheerleaders Start Row With Bible Verse Banners
They hire a lawyer when atheist group takes issue
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 4, 2012 3:24 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A squad of East Texas cheerleaders wants everyone to know they have God on their side—even if it means going to court. The Kountze High School squad had taken to holding up gigantic banners with Bible verses on them before every game, so that the Kountze players could dramatically burst through them, ABC News reports. The practice drew the attention of an atheist group, which argued that was inappropriate for public school.

The district's superintendent agreed, and ordered the girls to stop using the banners. But they're not backing down—they've hired a lawyer to fight the ban. He argues that the banners don't represent a violation of the separation of church and state because it was "student initiated." They've taken their fight public, and so far a Facebook page supporting them has nearly 50,000 followers, which is to say, 25 times more people than live in the town.

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Oct 5, 2012 4:04 PM CDT
i am sure that god loves sports but i am also very sure he hates the mess we have made of them! these "cheerleaders" are just looking for their 15min and their lawyer is just a money grabber doing the same thing!
Oct 5, 2012 12:18 PM CDT
You know, let's take separation of church and state out of this for a second and look just at the message: "If GOD if for us, who can be against us?" These are high school cheerleaders, telling the opposing football team that they've been abandoned by God. It's just fucking cruel. It's in terrible taste. It's really inappropriate for Christian kids to be saying that shit to each other in the context of something as petty and unimportant as high school sports. Where are the priests and pastors and religious leaders coming out to tell them so? I'm an atheist, and even I know this goes against pretty much everything in the Bible.
Oct 5, 2012 10:07 AM CDT
The author of all of reality keeps track of how many bumper stickers we paste on our cars and how many posters we carry condemning abortion. Every little banner we hold aloft, and every little murmur of prayer; it is all kept in the mind of the creator, and when we die, he counts them all up. If you do not want to spend eternity in the midst of sulfurous flames, do as these teenage girls are doing.