School Board Seeks Feedback on Faith Banner Ban

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Residents of a small east Texas town are once again fighting for their right to freely express their faith.

Tuesday night the Kountze School Board opened its doors to the public, looking for opinions on a ban preventing cheerleaders from holding religious banners at football games.

"I've learned just to share my faith, and being told you can't do that is not easy," Kountze High School cheerleader Savannah Short said.

Another cheerleader, Rebekah Richardson, explained that their goal was simply to be positive, "to encourage the football team and the opposing team and fans with a positive message. That was it."

"They wanted to inspire the football team. They are cheerleaders," one citizen argued.

Opponents of the banners also showed up at the meeting last night.

"What if next year a Hindu student or Muslim student, Buddhist, makes the cheer team. Is she going to be forced to hold a religious banner, kicked off for not agreeing with it? Where do you draw the line?" Lindsey Brackin, a Kountze High School graduate, challenged.

CBN News first reported the story of the Kountze cheerleaders and their Bible verse banners last fall. The banners were banned from football games after the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit against the school.

But a judge has temporarily blocked the ban as the town awaits the outcome of a trial set for this summer.

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