Texas Supreme Court Hears Cheerleaders Case

Americans United, the ACLU and the ACLU of Texas have urged the Texas Supreme Court to rule against a group of public school cheerleaders seeking the right to display Bible verses at football games. The groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief in July, arguing that the Kountze Independent School District should be able to prevent official representatives from endorsing religion at school events.

The signs displayed messages like “But thanks be to God, which gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” and “If God be for us who can be against us?” Lower state courts have ruled in favor of the cheerleaders, but the matter is before the state Supreme Court due to a dispute over attorneys’ fees.

The case is Matthews v. Kountze Independent School District.