Cheerleaders Granted Extension on Bible Banners

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A judge has ruled that cheerleaders at a Texas high school can continue using Bible verses on their banners for at least two more weeks.

It is the second time a judge has granted a stay to keep the banners.

Kountze High School cheerleaders have been using run-through banners at football games with scripture verses such as, "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me."

The school district's superintendent initially banned the football banners after a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

On Thursday, State District Judge Steve Thomas extended a temporary order, granted last month, that allows the banners.

He said he needs more time to issue a final ruling.

The Liberty Institute sued the school district on behalf of the cheerleaders.

"The crux of this case was the censorship by the school district of the students rights to free speech," said David Starnes, the Liberty Institute attorney representing the cheerleaders.

A hearing in the case is set for Oct. 18.

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