A district judge ruled Wednesday that cheerleaders in the town of Kountze, Texas can continue to display football signs that also carry Bible verses on them. You will remember that the girls sued the school district for their right to free speech and religious freedom. Of course, the district claimed that the girls were violating the idea of separation of church and state….well, actually the ISD didn’t claim anything until it suddenly “got scared.”
The district apparently had no problem with the signs which included verses such as “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) until the Freedom From Religion Foundation (Madison, Wisconsin) received a complaint about the banners, and, of course, the school district crumpled immediately.
The case was heard by Hardin County District Judge Stephen Thomas who ruled that the girls’ signs had not created an establishment of religion in Kountze and therefore had not violated the premise of separation of church and state.
Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, was quoted as saying that the foundation never expected to receive justice in Texas, and of course I had to laugh when I read her statement, right or wrong.
I have to admit that I have been surprised throughout this case because I certainly never expected the girls to win; however, I am extremely proud of these young ladies who in a Christian nation were not afraid to stand up for what they believe. I am also very disappointed (although not surprised) at a school district who obviously did not stand for what IT believed. Instead, it was willing to compromise what it had obviously sanctioned simply because a problem was blown its way.
And….I suppose I am very proud that Texas is a state where an organization calling itself a Freedom From Religion Foundation feels that there is no justice to be found in Texas, a state where both Bibles and guns are still very acceptable to most of us. I assume this case will eventually reach the federal level; however, I have no information that tells me that at the moment.
Oh….and yes, Hardin County was named for the uncle of John Wesley Hardin…just in case you were wondering.