According to ABC News, a judge in a Texas court ruled that the signs some cheerleaders use with Bible verses are “constitutionally permissible”.
The cheerleaders go to Kountze High School, about 95 miles northeast of Houston, and use the signs for the football team to run through as they head out onto the field.
Their signs have featured quotes such as “”If God Is for Us, Who Can Be Against Us Romans 8:31” and “”I can do all things through Christ which strengthens! Phil 4:13.”
The article quotes State District Judge Steve Thomas saying that no law “prohibits cheerleaders from using religious-themed banners at school sporting events. The evidence in this case confirms that religion messages expressed on run-through banners have not created, and will not create, an establishment of religion in the Kountze community.”
According to the article, an unknown spectator complained to the Freedom From Religion Organization who then argued that the public school was advocating a particular religion by allowing their cheerleaders to use the Bible verses in their signs.
The school district then told the cheerleaders they could no longer use the signs, so the high school squad sued.
The case lasted seven months and in that time, the girls were told to stop using Bible verses on their signs until a verdict was reached.
Annie-Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation said the outcome of the trial is not a surprise, but that she finds it outrageous.
“If these students had put up banner saying, 'There's Only One True God, Allah,' or 'Atheists Are Right,' you could imagine the uproar. This is not private speech. These are designated students who represent the school,” she said to ABC News.
She added that she hoped others in community would have stepped forward so the case could go to federal court.