(HOUSTON CHRONICLE) The cheerleaders at Kountze High Schoolwere looking for alternatives to traditional messages, like “Crush the Cats” or “Kill the Eagles,” on the paper banners their football team runs through to take the field. Sophomore Macy Matthews said she and her colleagues wanted to use the opportunity to “give glory to God.”
And so, during the past three Kountze High football games, the players in the 2,100-resident town stormed the field through large banners referencing Bible passages, such as Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
The banners raised questions of religious freedom and the First Amendment. On Thursday, the cheerleaders scored a victory when a judge overturned, for now, school Superintendent Kevin Weldon‘s order forbidding the religious-themed signs.