This extra extension was granted so that, before he makes his decision, Judge Thomas can thoroughly review documents submitted by both sides. The Liberty Institute's Mike Johnson, is representing the students. There was even a brief submitted to Judge Thomas from influential Texas authority, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Abbott took the side of the cheerleaders and said that State Law, the Texas Constitution, and past Court Rulings protect the religious rights of these kids. Abbott went even further to say that the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) was trying to just stir up trouble and has tried to do this in Texas before but has failed. Other Texas Republicans have stood up and expressed support for these students including Congressman Steve Stockman, State Rep. James White, State Board of Education Member David Bradley, and Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman.
Before Judge Thomas granted the extension on the restraining order today, the Superintendent testified that he had acted on bad advice from the school lawyers in banning the signs. The Superintendent, Kevin Weldon, went on to say that he now believes that his decision banning these signs not only violates district policy, but also the rights of the students.
There is a big RALLY tomorrow, Oct 5th 2012 7:30pm at the Kountze High School Football game in Kountze, TX.
Come out to Support the Kountze Kids!
There are thousands of people from everywhere expected to come to this game and hold signs supporting these students and their religious rights.
This will be the first home game since the school district superintendent banned the cheerleaders from holding their signs. This restraining order allows students at this game to hold signs with Bible verses and other religious encouragements.
Show support for this rally on facebook! Go to the rally facebook event page HERE http://www.facebook.com/events/105912862899560/ and click like or click join to tell everyone that you are going and to invite other people to join
also, for more info about the rally: www.SupportKountzeKidsFaith.com
for more info about the Kountze Situation, check out these articles:
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