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Cheerleaders at an east Texas highschool are once again defending the right to display Bible verses at football games. Their bold stand has earned national attention and placed them right in the middle of a heated free speech battle.

In this small town of Kountze, Texas, there is overwhelming support for the hometown cheerleaders who simply believe if God is for them, no one can be against them.

Just one look at the banners the Kountze football players run through just before a big game tells you that the Kountze High School cheerleaders are not typical teenage girls.

The cheerleaders began writing Bible verses on them last Fall.

“We’re just all Christians and believe the Bible is from God and so if it’s from God, why not?” one cheerleader said. “That’s what we were thinking and it’s a positive message and it’s uplifting.”

The girl’s zeal for God’s word was so contagious it not only inspired their own football team, it caused the opposing teams to want to do the same thing. They also began writing scriptures on their banners.

But an atheist group filed a complaint with the superintendent and said Bible verses should not be displayed at football games.The Texas Association of School Board Lawyers agreed.

The cheerleaders said that was a violation of free speech and filed a counter suit. Their attorney, David Starnes, is working with Liberty Institute on the case.

“This case is really all about the right of students to express their sincerely held religious beliefs at school,” Starnes said. “The United States Supreme Court said that students do not leave their Constitutional rights at the school house gate.”

The case went to court and the cheerleaders won a temporary injunction. The judge ruled they could continue to write scriptures on the banners for the rest of the footbal season.

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