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Cheerleaders Told No Bible Verses on Signs

Texas Assoc. of School Boards says signs aren't allowed

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    Some Southeast Texas cheerleaders have been told to stop putting Bible verses on banners for high school football games.

    The Texas Association of School Boards this week advised the Kountze Independent School District not to allow such signs.

    Superintendent Kevin Weldon contacted the association after the Freedom from Religion Foundation notified him that a resident complained about the signs. Weldon then told parents that student groups are not allowed to display religious signs at school-sponsored events. Weldon said the ban includes run-through banners at football games.

    Examples of the signs include, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" and "But thanks be to God which gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

    A Facebook page supporting the cheerleaders has swelled to more than 35,000 followers.

    According to 12NewsNow.com, the students were granted a temporary restraining order Thursday that will allow them to keep displaying the signs for two weeks

    Cheerleader Macy Matthews said no school money was used and the signs weren't made on school property.

    The conservative Liberty Institute on Wednesday said banning religious speech on student-made signs is discriminatory.

    Kountze is 85 miles northeast of Houston.