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article imageSupreme Court case deals with cheerleaders cheering for Jesus

By Walter McDaniel     Aug 8, 2014 in Politics
Kountze - Cheerleaders are taking a case to the Supreme Court of Texas. Team members had banners removed or censored and are claiming that this infringes on their right to free speech.
Separation of Church and State vs Freedom of Speech is the conflict in this case. Media commentators first picked this up in 2012 when advocates on both sides voiced their strong views on it.
Administrators banned the use of banners in 2012. One judge then temporarily allowed banners by an injunction. Finally students could carry them as long as school officials could censor some messages. Now cheerleaders are taking the case up to the Supreme Court to get full rights for their banners.
Since school funds paid for the posters it is school-sponsored speech. As such banners were against clear laws on separation of Church and State.
Now the cheer squad is saying that it is not about religion, but freedom of speech. Members of the group noted in a CBS interview that members of other religions can put their banners up as well.
Since these two values are so deeply held by both religious and non-religious Americans decisions on the case continues to spark debate. Our most recent example of the conflict comes from the Ten Commandments being removed from government property. While teaching general concepts about religion is fine according to U.S. law the debate continues on where to draw the line.
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