The legal battle over Bible banners at high school football games in southeast Texas is heating up again.
In May 2013, Hardin County Judge Steven Thomas granted an order permitting the Kountze cheerleaders to continue displaying run-through banners with Bible messages at sporting events.
But now the Kountze School District has appealed the ruling, essentially claiming the cheerleaders are part of the government.
CBN News first reported on the story of the Bible verse banners last fall.
In an effort to share positive messages with players and fans, high school and middle school cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas, painted Bible verses on their student-made run-through banners at school football games.
After receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Kountze superintendent banned the religious messages.
In September 2012, attorneys with the Liberty Institute who represent the cheerleaders and their parents filed a lawsuit against the school district.
Liberty Institute attorneys have now filed a brief defending the cheerleaders' free speech rights.
"No court has ever held that a student speaking on a message of his or her own choice is a government speaker," they said.