School district officials ordered the cheerleaders to stop putting a Bible verse on its banner, saying that doing so violated the law on religious expression at public school events. In response, a group of 15 cheerleaders and their parents sued the School District and its superintendent, claiming that prohibiting them from writing Christian banner messages violated their religious liberty and free-speech rights. When the two sides confronted each other in a courtroom, it had all the appearance of a high-profile courtroom drama. Lawyers from both sides argued over the Texas Constitution. A police officer with an assault rifle and binoculars was stationed on the roof of the courthouse and reporters filled the jury box. The cheerleaders' supporters put up yard signs and started a facebook page called Support Kountze Kids Faith that has attracted 50,000 members.
The judge at first issued a restraining order against the banner, based on the complaint of the Wisconsin organization called Freedom From Religion. Texas Attorney General Abbott defended the cheerleaders and told the judge his ruling was based on erroneous legal advice. After a day-long hearing, the judge gave the banner a 14-day reprieve, but we still don't know what the final decision will be.
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