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Written by Don Byrd

The State of Texas today filed a petition to intervene in a church-state case involving Christian banners displayed by cheerleaders at Kountze High School football games. The LATimes reports on Texas AG Greg Abbott’s statement at a press briefing earlier today.

“Those banners, which the cheerleaders independently produce on their own time with privately funded supplies, are perfectly constitutional. The State of Texas intervened in this case to defend the cheerleaders’ right to exercise their personal religious beliefs — and to defend the constitutionality of a state law that protects religious liberties for all Texans.”

The temporary injunction preventing the County from barring the signs expires tomorrow, when the next court hearing is set.

High school football games should be inclusive of all members of the community, regardless of religious belief. Neither participants nor spectators should have to feel like outsiders just to attend.