The Houston Chronicle headline reads “Judge rules cheerleaders’ Christian banners are OK for now”
The Kountze High School (East Texas) cheerleaders made Jesus banners for the school’s football players to run through at the beginning of games.
I can’t say that religious banners get me all bent out of shape. Except for the specifics of this case:
- Will a cheerleader who doesn’t want to participate in the banner-creating feel ostracized?
- What about the football player who doesn’t want to burst through a banner proclaiming “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” at the start of the game?
- And doesn’t the use of banners in this manner imply that the school district is supporting this particular religion?
- Could a Jew ask for the occasional Jewish banner? What about a Wiccan or Satanist?
If it were up to me, I’d invite spectators to bring and display whatever banners they like in the stands.