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Texas State District Judge Steve Thomas on Students' Freedom to Use Religious-Themed Banners at Public School Sporting Events

May 8, 2013

The Kountze cheerleaders banners that included religious messages and were displayed during the 2012 football season were constitutionally permissable. Neither the Establishment Clause nor any other law prohibits cheerleaders from using religious-themed banners at school sporting events. Neither the Establishment Clause nor any other law requires Kountze ISD [Independent School District] to prohibit inclusion of religious-themed banners at school sporting events.

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