There is no doubt that religious liberty took a big step back during the Obama years. You can just ask the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby about that. A lot of the issues that have sprung up over the last few years have involved high schools. Remember the coach who was told by a court he can’t pray with his players on the field?
From Fox News:
A Washington state high school football coach who was punished for taking a knee at the 50-yard line for a post-game prayer violated the U.S. Constitution, according to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
A three-judge panel ruled the Bremerton School District was justified in suspending Coach Joe Kennedy after he took a knee and prayed silently at midfield after football games.
“When Kennedy kneeled and prayed on the fifty-yard line immediately after games while in view of students and parents, he spoke as a public employee, not as a private citizen, and his speech therefore was constitutionally unprotected,” the 9th Circuit wrote.
Sad world we live in.
However, that doesn’t mean that religious Americans are giving up without a fight.
Some cheerleaders in Texas were recently told they couldn’t put Bible verses on their banners.
So, they took matters into their own hands.
From Conservative Tribune:
According to First Liberty, the cheerleaders of Kountze High School in the southeast corner of the Lone Start State always had banners at their games, decorated with uplifting Bible messages.
One day in 2012, the superintendent received a complaint from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.
As a result, the school district ordered the cheer team to stop displaying Bible quotes.
So, the cheerleaders went to the Texas Supreme Court to fight for their First Amendment right to free speech.
They won the case.
From Dallas News:
Texas cheerleaders can display Bible verses at high school football games, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
The Ninth Court of Appeals sided with students from Kountze High School, who sued after the district barred Christian messages from cheer banners at football games. The cheerleaders’ choice to display Bible verses is protected as “private speech,” the appeals court ruled.
“We are pleased that once again religious liberty is vindicated and that cheerleaders across the state of Texas have the right to have religious messages on banners at high school football games,” Hiram Sasser, general counsel of the Plano-based conservative nonprofit law firm First Liberty, wrote in a news release. “No school district should be able to censor, ban, or claim ownership of the private religious speech of its students.”
Gotta love it when good people fight the law and come out on top.
President Trump has made it clear that he will side with religious freedom and that’s really been a breath of fresh air. Rather than force Christian companies to provide birth control that goes against their convictions, we have a president who respects religion and that should make every American rest a little easier at night.
[Note: This post was written by Andrew Mark Miller]