Texas cheerleaders banned from using biblical banners
Cheerleaders in a small town 85 miles north of Houston, Texas were barred from using banners adorned with biblical verses. The cheerleaders, who don’t have a coach, make decisions by consensus. They decide as a group what to write on the banners. Cheerleader Rebekah Richardson, 17, stated: “We just wanted to encourage the boys and the fans in a way that gave honor to God. It wasn’t supposed to be a big deal.” An example of what’s written on a banner: “If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31.”
Last month someone complained about the banners. The cheerleaders are currently in court fighting to secure the right to use such banners. The cheerleaders’ attorney argued that the district was censoring them, violating their freedoms of religion and speech. The District lawyers countered that the signs amounted to government endorsement of religion. In a victory of small consolation to the cheerleaders, the judge ruled the banners could be used at two more games before the next hearing.
I’m conflicted in siding with either side. On the one hand, the girls have the right to express religious freedom. On the other hand, the cheerleaders are a representation of the school. As much as I want to side with the cheerleaders on this issue (I’m an ardent supporter of free speech) I reluctantly must agree with the school board. The cheerleaders are a representation of the school. It is irrelevant if they have a coach or not. The girls use these banners at a public school and school events. Therefore, I don’t believe they can exercise their religious freedom while representing the school. A solution could be that they make the signs, wear normal clothes, sit in the stands and cheer for their team in that manner.
What do you think?
Which side is right?
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