Kountze ISD Rejects Court’s Decision, Appeals


Remember the cheerleaders that won the court case against the school district that was trying to prevent them from painting Bible verses and patriotic sayings on “run-through” signs at home then bringing them to football games for the team to run through?

Well, the school district lost in court. Appealed. Lost again. Now they’re back at it. Wasting more taxpayer money and preventing our Texas kids from expressing themselves the way they wish to express themselves.godbanner

One must wonder what would happen if they were to paint immoral things on these “run-throughs”. What would happen then? Not a thing, I presume. This is wrong, and this is happening in Texas, folks.


Just a few short weeks ago the Kountze High School Cheerleaders and all of America celebrated when Liberty Institute secured a victory in the famous Bible banner case.

But now, joining a host of radical left groups like the ACLU and the extremist Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Kountze ISD wants to eliminate the free speech rights of its students.

Faith. Jesus Christ. Hope. Love—these are dirty words for students in Kountze, Texas.

After failing to suppress private expression of faith and losing its case against the cheerleaders, Kountze ISD filed an appeal.9095548_600x338

The Kountze district filed the appeal Tuesday. The district says it wants the 9th Texas Court of Appeals in Beaumont to clarify whether the Kountze High School cheerleaders have a free speech right to include the religious messages.

The district says state District Judge Steve Thomas ruled the banners were allowed under the U.S. Constitution but stopped short of saying the cheerleaders had a free-speech right to them.

District lawyer Tom Brandt said the cheerleaders’ legal advocates “are reading into the court’s decision rights that just aren’t there.”

Seemed pretty clear to everybody who read it except for you, Tom.

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9 thoughts on “Kountze ISD Rejects Court’s Decision, Appeals

  1. I think it is high time we stopped letting these FEW ppl dictating how and what our kids have to say .Its bad when one or 2 can determan our futor,Let the kids alone,,,

  2. The First Amendment is actually being violated by the actions of the cheerleaders, who act as representatives of the school. This isn’t an attempt to suppress Christianity. This is an attempt to force a separation of church and state, so that the government does not effectively endorse one religion over others (or none). Christianity should have no right to be government-endorsed or State-mandated, and that is what this case was about. Protecting First Amendment rights protects everyone, Christians included. If this was not being done with the school’s endorsement (school uniforms, supplies, etc) then I would not have a problem with it. Student-led prayer is legal, as long as it is not mandated or endorsed by the school. Eventually, the First Amendment will be upheld by a higher court if this case ever sees justice.

    • glad you know nothing about separation of church and state here is what it is prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, so with that being said the school is violating the cheerleaders rights

      • You assume too much, about yourself and me both. Because the cheerleaders are wearing school uniforms and creating these banners to be used on school time in an official way (cheerleaders and players), the school is effectively endorsing religion, which makes religion, Christianity in particular, government-sponsored (respecting an established religion). Non-Christians are specifically excluded and marginalized in such an exercise, because the United States is not universally Christian (and has never been, and should never be). That’s what violates the First Amendment. It’s not rocket science. By the way, punctuating your sentences correctly will make them easier to read. I will give you a pass on that if you are using a mobile device, though.

    • The parents usually buy the “school uniforms” that you are talking about. The “on school time” is also wrong. School time ends at the end of the last bell on Friday afternoon. These signs don’t have to bee looked at if you don’t want. Leave the cheerleaders alone!

      • OK, I stand corrected on the “school time” but that does not absolve the cheerleaders and their supports of guilt concerning ignoring the First Amendment’s protection of religion (ALL religion) and separation of Church and State. Those uniforms are school uniforms, and the cheerleaders represent the school, which is a government entity. This constitutes a government endorsement of religion, and specifically, Christianity. What if the cheerleaders made Satanist signs? Would your response be “don’t look at them if you don’t want to as well” or do you reserve that response only for Christian points of view? You would be wrong either way, and that because of the First Amendment. This judge wanted to keep his job. The issue needs to be resolved and settled by a higher court using superior legal reasoning to defend our First Amendment. Oh, and those poor cheerleaders: if only we would leave them alone in peace and let them practice Christianity to the exclusion of all of us non-Christians and break the Constitutional law of the land. What is wrong with this picture???

  3. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

    If the school makes a law restricting or endorsing a religion then the amendment is being broken. If they repress the students from exercising their religion, the amendment is being broken…Get your facts straight. It is the school board and not the students that are infringing on our Constitutional rights.

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