RALLY Oct 5th 7:30pm to Support Kountze Kids Faith @ Kountze, TX Football Game CLICK HERE for more RALLY INFO
Please make plans to attend!
Show support for this rally on facebook! Go to the rally facebook event page HERE and click like or click join to tell everyone that you are going
In general, students are allowed to express their religious beliefs at schools in Texas as long as the activity/expression is student led with no instruction from a teacher or school staff member. Kountze Cheerleaders make their OWN personal posters for games and they are not instructed by any teacher as to what must go no the banners and posters. The students are free to put their own encouraging statements to support their team.
The students are no longer free to do so following an "anonymous" complaint.
Yep, that is right. One anonymous complaint has removed freedom of speech and expression for hundreds of students in Kountze, Texas.
A student in Kountze can no longer hold a personal sign that says "we are praying for you" because praying is religious in nature. They are banned from having a sign or banner that has a Bible verse about strength and endurance. Even though they make these banners on their own to display their encouraging message, they are no longer allowed to do it anymore. They no longer have freedom of speech or expression because someone might get offended. There is no Constitutional right to not get offended by a person who decided to express their beliefs on a personal sign. There is only a Constitutional protection against forcing someone to believe a specific religion. I can assure you that these signs do not force anyone to believe any religion. Someone who sees these signs still have the freedom to believe what they want and they are even free to express their own beliefs and make their own signs.
Kountze Kids are Taking a Stand and FIGHTING BACK
This has caused an uproar here in southeast Texas, a place where Bibles and guns are in just about every house.
A group of Kountze Cheerleaders have created a facebook support group SUPPORT KOUNTZE KIDS FAITH
Local Beaumont, TX TV Station KBMT 12 News did a story about this group of cheerleaders fighting for their rights. The news story mentioned this facebook support group and over night the facebook group has reached over 20,000 members. There is a flood of comments on the page expressing support for these students who are standing up for their faith.
Globally and here in America there is a War Against Christianity and Freedom of Religious Expression. That was is raging even in a small east Texas town.
Just last year, in another east Texas town of Athens, the City, the County Commissioners Court, and the people of Athens fought off attempts by Atheists who wanted to remove a Nativity Scene from the Henderson County Courthouse lawn.
for more info about the Kountze Situation, check out these articles:
Judge's Decision Allows Kountze Cheerleaders to Hold Signs with Bible Verses at Football Game/Rally Friday Oct 5th
Congressman Stockman and Rep. White Support Kountze Kids Faith - Liberty Institute & CLA Send Lawyers
Judge Says Kountze Students ALLOWED to Hold Religious Signs. Restraining Order by Judge Steve Thomas
TX AG Greg Abbott Supports Kountze Cheerleaders Banned from Holding Religious Banners
Kountze Kids Get Support from Barry Smitherman Texas Railroad Commission Chairman