Written by Don Byrd
Cheerleader banners with religious messages can continue at Kountze County high school football games, after a Texas Appeals Court dismissed a lawsuit designed to determine their constitutionality. The dispute is moot, the court ruled, because the school district’s policy no longer restricts the signs.
That’s not enough, however, for the cheerleaders’ attorney, who sought a more definitive ruling that the signs are protected by the First Amendment.
“I don’t think it provides any protection for the religious liberties of Kountze cheerleaders in the future,” said Sasser, a lead attorney for the Liberty Institute, a Plano, Texas-based nonprofit law firm that represented the cheerleaders.
Sasser said he’s considering an appeal.
You can read the Appeals Court’s ruling here.