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TWO VICTORIES FOR TODAY’S YOUTH

May 9, 2013 by

YOUTH VICTORY #1 — THE KOUNTZE CHEERLEADERS

 

http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/crime/judge-rules-for-cheerleaders-in-bible-banner-suit/nXkpJ/

 

“Judge rules for cheerleaders in Bible banner suit”

By Juan A. Lozano

The Associated Press

5.8.13

 

Excerpts from this article:

 

HOUSTON —

A judge ruled Wednesday that cheerleaders at a Southeast Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games.

 

State District Judge Steve Thomas determined the Kountze High School cheerleaders’ banners are constitutionally permissible. In a copy of the ruling obtained by Beaumont station KFDM, Thomas determined that no law “prohibits cheerleaders from using religious-themed banners at school sporting events.”

 

…The dispute began during the last football season when the district barred cheerleaders from using run-through banners that displayed religious messages, such as “If God is for us, who can be against us.”

 

…The Liberty Institute, a Plano, Texas-based nonprofit law firm, represented the cheerleaders and argued the girls’ free speech rights were being violated by the school district’s ban.

 

“This is a great victory for the cheerleaders and now they’re going to be able to have their banners,” said Hiram Sasser, a lead attorney for the institute.

 

The Liberty Institute had argued the banners’ messages were not asking anyone to believe in Christianity or accept the faith…

 

The cheerleaders in Kountze, located about 95 miles northeast of Houston, were supported by various state officials, including Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott…

 

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YOUTH VICTORY #2 – “THE THAW”

 

5-minute video – Reach America — Link to video — http://letsreachamerica.org/

 

The youth of Reach America have created a five-minute video entitled, “The Thaw.” It is their call to youth and their parents across America to join them as they bring Christ and our Judeo-Christian values back to our country.

 

Donna Garner

wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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