Judge Temporarily Rules in Favor of Bible-Promoting Cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas

After a month-long battle over whether cheerleaders at Kountze High School in Texas could hold up run-through banners with Bible verses at football games, a battle in which the state’s Attorney General got involved, a judge has finally — and unfortunately — ruled in their favor… at least for now:

A judge stopped an East Texas school district on Thursday from barring cheerleaders from quoting biblical scripture on banners at high school football games, acknowledging their argument that is appears to violate their free speech rights.

District Judge Steve Thomas granted an injunction requested by the Kountze High School cheerleaders allowing them to continue displaying such banners pending the outcome of a lawsuit set to go to trial next June 24, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. Thomas previously granted a temporary restraining order allowing the practice to continue.

So the case hasn’t technically been decided yet, but the cheerleaders will get to use Bible verses on their banners for the remainder of the football season.

What a boneheaded move by the judge to allow this to continue. But the lawsuit has yet to give us a more permanent resolution.

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