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East Texas cheerleaders win first round of free-speech battle over religious banners

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  • NomeDePlume Augusta, GA
    Oct. 25, 2012 7:21 a.m.

    The Separation of Church and State was instituted so we would not have a State religion, one that was mandated by the central government that all should practice. This great country was founded by religious people. They came here to be freed from the persecution that ensued in other countries over religion (fines, jail terms, death for not practicing the mandated religion). We are becoming those other countries. Factions are stating we cannot worship how we want because it is not how they wish to live. Fine. But we do not have to live Godless because you choose to live that way. We do not tell you that you must Believe. Do not shove it down our throats that we must not believe. "Religious intolerance has stained crimson this earth more than any other cause." Senator Albert Beveridge.

  • NorthboundZax Makanda, IL
    Oct. 24, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    I have to suspect that Judge Thomas, Rick Perry, and the parents applauding would have a very different view of the law if the cheerleaders were displaying messages from Wiccan scripture.

  • Turtles Run Missouri City, TX
    Oct. 23, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    The action by these girls are clearly unconstitutional.

    1. Cheerleaders represent their school.

    2. A public school is an arm of the government.

    3. A football game is a school-sponsored event.

    4. The cheerleaders are in uniform, on the field, when regular fans are not allowed to be.

    It's a clear violation of the Establishment Clause.