POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 2:08pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 2:15pm
AUSTIN (KETK) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says, the Kountze High School cheerleaders' religious football banners are constitutional.
In a statement to KETK, he says, “This is a victory for religious liberties and for young kids with brave hearts and big prayers. It took a lot of courage, but the Kountze High School cheerleaders chose to stand up for themselves and their rights, and in the end, they prevailed. Our Constitution has never demanded that students check their religious beliefs at the schoolhouse door. The Freedom From Religion Foundation was wrong in trying to bully Kountze ISD into prohibiting the cheerleaders from displaying banners with religious messages. Students’ ability to express their religious views adds to the diversity of thought that has made this country so strong. I’m very proud of these young ladies - standing up for what you believe in isn’t always easy, but it’s always the right thing to do.”
If you remember, officials with the Kountze School District ordered the cheerleaders to stop quoting bible verses.
The request came after receiving a complaint from the Freedom from Religion foundation.
Kountze is in Southeast Texas, near Beaumont.