And their lackeys. They’ve always got lackeys.
You read this story, yes? Some high school football cheerleaders in the Kountze school district of Texas like to take to the field waving homemade banners with controversial Bible verses on them, like “If God if for us, who can be against us?”
Well, again, a bunch of filthy communist atheists from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Who whined to the school district to make the cheerleaders stop. I take it that they’re lack of faith is so fragile, public displays of Evangel might prove intoxicating. And they’re driving back to their underground lairs.
State District Judge Steven Thomas has issued a Temporary Injunction allowing the Kountze cheerleaders to continue displaying religious messages on run-through banners at least until a June 24, 2013 trial. …
David Starnes, the attorney representing the cheerleaders, spoke first.
“This (Temporary Injunction) is needed because it will cause harm to the students since they wouldn’t be able to display their signs, particularly for Friday night’s game.”
He argued they have the right to display the signs.
“It is the individual speech of the cheerleaders and not in fact the government speaking. It is not just one girl or one person in the group that comes up with the quote, but it’s on a rotating basis that each girl gets to pick the quote. That is their individual voices that are being portrayed on the banner.”
Starnes argued the school district isn’t promoting religion through the signs.
“The Kountze school district has no policy and does not push any particular form of expression or religion, which is also different from Sante Fe vs. Doe.”
He says a football game is considered a limited public forum during which the banners should be allowed, as opposed to a graduation.
Thomas Brandt, the attorney representing Kountze ISD, argued the banners violate the U.S. Constitution and Sante Fe vs. Doe.
“The girls are puppets on a string,” Brandt told Judge Thomas.
“The Superintendent, although making a very unpopular decision, did not make it in malice. He made the decision based on Sante Fe vs. Doe.”
Brandt said it’s clear the decision goes against public sentiment in Kountze.
“The political winds are blowing very strong in one direction but the law says something different. This is not a freedom of speech case. This is an issue of the Establishment Clause.” …
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, which is dedicated to the separation of church and state, argued in the context of a football game it was unclear who was responsible for the messages, the school or the cheerleaders.
“The speech in question is government speech or, at a minimum, school-sponsored speech,” the group said in court papers. “If the majority of the cheerleaders were atheists, would a court support their ‘right’ to hold up a banner insulting Christianity or all believers? The district has every right to simply prohibit all run-through and on-field banners.”
Really? Those are your arguments? That a verse from Romans on a sheet is insulting to atheists, and therefore should be illegal? It’s that easy to start a state-sponsored religion?
Think about the fragile egos of these people. They’re in Texas, where a certain exuberance about the Christian faith is a cultural given. If the banner proclaimed the damnation of all non-Christians, or that God Hates Nags or something, I could understand. Then it becomes a question either of proselytizing, which would be wrong in that context, or just mean-spiritedness in an arena where people want their spirits elevated.
This is the crèche in the public square business in short skirts. Stay tuned. More to come.