Big controversy in Georgia involving high school cheerleaders, and this time it doesn’t involve naughty cell phone photos (darn it). The Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School cheerleaders are under fire for unfurling a series of religious banners at football games. Here’s one below.
The school system wants the banners gone, saying that they violate the first amendment, and are written in an unpleasing font (that second part may not be true). But the community supports the cheerleaders, and has staged a rally at a local Chick-fil-A restaurant to stop this communist war on religion sponsored by Satan. All I can say is thank you, Georgia, for making our Tuesday more amusing.
The CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS has the pertinent details.
A school system statement released Monday said the message constitutes “a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution for signs with Bible verses to be displayed on the football field.”
Brad Scott, a local youth minister said the ban prompted a rally tonight in support of the cheerleaders outside the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Battlefield Parkway so people can show their support for the cheerleaders and their signs.
Fort Oglethorpe Mayor Ronnie Cobb vehemently disagrees with the ban and said he’ll call on the City Council to support the cheerleaders and their signs.
“I’m totally against them doing away with it,” Mr. Cobb said, adding that the cheerleaders’ rights are being abused.
“If it’s offensive to anyone, let them go watch another football game,” he said. “Nobody’s forced to come there and nobody’s forced to read the signs.”
Whoa, hold up there, Ronnie. Those are everyone’s tax dollars at work on those signs, in case you forgot this is a public school. What if the cheerleaders wanted to raise this banner before games?
I’m sure that would go over big; we’d have a whole lot of folks thumbing through the Constitution looking for that whole separation of church and state thing.
Do you want your football team bursting through a Bible verse to begin with? Isn’t that like vandalizing the Lord? They also could have picked a shorter portion of Phillippians. I came here for a football game, not to read.
The bottom line is, if students start wearing their political and religious beliefs on their sleeves at school during public events, where does it stop? What if we want Jewish banners? Or Ron Paul for President banners? Or this:
Please cheerleaders, think before you paint. You may now resume your fundraising car washes. Thank you.