An attorney with Liberty Institute says it's ironic a school
would prefer students display derogatory messages on banners at
football games instead of ones that are inspiring and
A judge has issued a temporary restraining order
allowing a Texas high school cheerleading team to continue
making banners displaying religious messages. Rather than the
typical bullying remarks such as "Pound the Panthers" or "Beat the
Bears," the cheerleaders at Kountze Independent School District
wanted to put Bible verses on their banners.
Mike Johnson of the Liberty Institute is helping the cheerleaders
retain their right to do so.
"They bought the materials with their own money; they came up
with the messages completely on their own; and they did it on their
own time," the attorney tells OneNewsNow. "And yet somebody got
offended, somebody complained, and the school district made a
knee-jerk reaction and said You can't do that on school
property and at this setting - and that's, of course, complete
Johnson says this is a typical case of unnecessary censorship
being imposed by uninformed officials.
"The great irony about this is that here are some student
leaders who wanted to do something positive, say something
inspiring and uplifting - and they're being threatened with
punishment as if what they did was somehow shameful," he laments.
"It's much better than the derogatory messages that are always
traditionally on those banners. It's something that they should
applauded for and not punished for - and that's the sad thing about
If the school chooses to oppose the temporary injunction,
Johnson says he is confident they will wind up losing in court.