SE Texas School Board Considers Religious Cheers

A Southeast Texas school board is taking public comment on a court-ordered halt to its ban on high school cheerleaders displaying religious-themed messages on banners at sports events.

The board of the Kountze Independent School District has a special meeting set for Tuesday evening to consider the ban that a state district judge has blocked.

Interim superintendent Reese Briggs said the board will take no action.

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A lawsuit against the district by the anti-religion group Freedom From Religion Foundation is set for trial in June. The advocacy group contends the handwritten messages on cheerleader banners are unconstitutional religion endorsements.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has joined in the suit on the cheerleaders' behalf. They also have Gov. Rick Perry's support.

The district is about 20 miles north of Beaumont.

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