Cheerleaders' Bible Banners Banned at Games

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A battle over Bible banners is unfolding at high school football games in north Georgia.

For years, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., cheerleaders have held up a banner with a Bible verse and members of the football team would then run through it.

But the practice has now been banned.

Brian Faughnan, writer for The Washington Times, joined CBN News to discuss the first amendment and religious freedom in this case. Click play to watch.

"It's kind of angered all of us, but it's also upset us just because we work really hard, and we're trying to encourage the football team and the community, and that's just been taken away from us," cheerleader Taylor Guinn said.

Denia Reese, the school superintendent, thinks "it's a wonderful thing for them to do," but cites the law as problematic.

"The problem with federal law is the fact that the location inside the football field creates the impression that the school system is endorsing that particular religious message," she said.

Reese adds that the Supreme Court has been clear about religious messages at football games.

But the community is vowing to fight.

Original broadcast October 1, 2009.

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