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Judge: Cheerleaders can put Bible verses on signs for now

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BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) – A judge says cheerleaders at a Texas high school’s football games can continue carrying banners that feature Bible verses for at least two more weeks.

A judge in Beaumont has issued a temporary restraining order blocking a ban on religious signs at school-sponsored events in the Kountze Independent School District.

District Superintendent Kevin Weldon banned the religious messages, including run-through banners at football games, after the Freedom from Religion Foundation told him that a resident had complained about the Bible verses. Cheerleader Macy Matthews said no school money was used and the signs weren’t made on school property.

Liberty Institute senior counsel Mike Johnson says the Supreme Court has ruled that students don’t lose their constitutional rights when they enter school.

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