Kountze ISD to continue battle over religious banners

May 28, 2013 3:34:02 PM PDT
Kountze ISD say it is appealing a district judge's decision to allow cheerleaders to display banners with Bible messages at district sporting events.

The battle over the banners started last year, when the school district received a complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The superintendent banned the messages and the cheerleaders appealed, saying their banners are an effort to share positive and uplifting messages with players and fans.

In October 2012, the court granted a temporary injunction allowing student-made religious banners to continue until a final decision in the case. That decision came on May 8, and the Hardin County District Court sided with the cheerleaders.

Kountze ISD now says it's not giving up the fight.

"It is unfortunate that Kountze ISD keeps spending taxpayer money fighting against the speech rights of these cheerleaders," said Hiram Sasser, director of litigation for Liberty Institute. "I do not understand why the school district cannot simply accept that it lost and move on instead of continuing to fight against these cheerleaders who simply wanted to encourage the players with uplifting messages."

Along the way, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened in the case to support the cheerleaders.

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