Cheerleaders For Christ Fight Ban On Bible Verses: Texas Judge Backs Them Up (VIDEO)

Cheerleaders from Kountze High School in Texas hold up sign displaying Bible Verse, "If GOd is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)

Cheerleaders from Kountze High School in Texas hold up sign displaying Bible Verse, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”  (Romans 8:31)

In the tiny Eastern Texas town of Kountze, whose residents adore Jesus and football, high school cheerleaders are raising a ruckus. According to a WCSH news broadcast, cheerleader Megan Tantillo came up with the idea of inspiring football and volleyball team members and fans with giant signs inscribed with Bible verses this fall. Students, parents and other community members have eagerly embraced the banners.


Unfortunately for these blissed-out holy rollers, Wisconsin-based nonprofit, the Freedom From Religion Foundation — which challenges all religious displays in public schools — crashed the party and sent a letter of complaint to the school. Superintendent District Superintendent Kevin Weldon then reluctantly ordered the cheerleaders to stop displaying the banners, explaining, “I commend them for what they stand for. But I called Legal Counsel, and even though it’s lead by students, it should not be allowed to go on.”

In response to protests and expressions of outrage from the community, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot wrote a letter to the school saying that if Weldon allowed the signs, he would be within his legal rights; the Plano, TX-based Liberty Institute sued for violation of the cheerleaders’ rights to free speech; and State District Judge Steve Thomas extended a temporary order to allow display of the signs until a hearing which is scheduled for October 8th.

The community strongly supports the signs. A cheerleader stated, “We’re fighting for God’s Word, we’re not fighting for our rights or anything, we’re fighting for God,” (because, in a town like this, nobody would actually fight for their rights or anything) and football mom Ashley Brown got all verklempt as she declared, “It makes me real proud.” At the time of this writing, the Support Kountze Kids Faith’s facebook page had over 40,000 fans — not bad for a small town with only 2,100 residents.

You can see the video footage from  the WSH6 and KHOU news broadcasts here:

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