Cheers and jeers for a cheerleading squad that uses Bible scriptures to root for their football team.
Give me a B-I-B-L-E!! What does that spell?! Well, to some parents of students at a Georgia high school, it spells a violation of federal law. The cheerleading squad of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School has been trying their darndest to help their team win -- and in the end they turned to God. The team has been parading religious banners at football games since 2003.Now some people would prefer that they get back to more traditional cheers. The critics of the scripture banners have been so vocal, the school has prohibited the giant signs from appearing on the field.
One local minister thinks the school is overreacting to the complaints.
"The cheerleaders are not trying to push a religious cause, to shove religion down someone's throat," local youth minister Brad Scott told the local newspaper. "The cheerleaders are just using scripture to show motivation and inspiration to the players and the fans."
Although Superintendent Denia Reese supports the "Christian values" of his students, he's not keen to be embroiled in legal wrangling. Charles Haynes, with the First Amendment Center in Washington, says the signs violate the law because "cheerleaders, in uniform at a game, represent the school."
What do you think of these Bible verse cheerleading banners? Push 'em back, push 'em waaaay back, or no big deal?