Friday Night Lights Meets The First Amendment
“If God is for us, who can be against us” – is now both a football and free-speech rallying cry.
A Texas district court judge ruled that high school cheerleaders could continue to waive their Bible-versed banners at the public school’s football games – for now.
The judge issued an injunction to allow the cheerleaders to display their religious-themed banners pending the outcome of a lawsuit, which is set for trial in late 2013.
In September, school administrators banned the banners after the Freedom from Religion Foundation complained.
Freedom from Religion Foundation is an advocacy group dedicated to maintaining the separation of church and state. They claim that the messages violate the First Amendment clause which prohibits the government (in this case, a public high school) from establishing or endorsing religion.
According to the group, the banners crossed the line by forcing students to choose between “attending quintessential school events – football games—or being subjected to an unwanted religions message.” The court disagreed. So for now (and for most of next season, given the trial date), the cheerleaders are free to praise God and the home team.