Atheists Picking on the Cheerleaders, Oh My!

UPDATE: JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF TEXAS CHEERLEADERS IN BIBLE BANNER SUIT

In other words: Cheerleaders 1, Atheists 0

In Kountze, Texas (northeast of Houston) another demonstration of just how ridiculous the new militant atheists have become is brewing.  Now, they want to take on the High School Cheerleaders there.  It is comforting to know that they are doing this to protect us all from religion and preserve the Constitution as well.  Yeah, right.

The whole brouhaha started in September when the Kountze High School Cheerleaders wanted to do something different to inspire their football team during its games.  Instead of the usual “trash the opponent” type of banners that many students create to cheer-on the home team, the cheerleaders decided to go the Bible route.  They began creating banners with Bible verses painted on them which read, “But thanks be to God, which gives us Victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and “I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.”  That’s when the Freedom from Religion Foundation got involved.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (hereafter FfRF) is an atheist/agnostic group located in Madison, Wisconsin, which makes it their mission to impose their religious will and worldview upon persons and entities, where it is otherwise unwarranted.  They do so under the guise that they are upholding the Constitution and the separation of church and state, when in reality they are cutting off their noses despite their faces.  When the FfRF caught wind of what the Kountze cheerleaders were doing, they felt compelled to intervene in behalf of a mystery complainer who wished to remain anonymous, and stop them from creating the dastardly Bible-related banners.

Kountze ISD officials kowtowed to the legal threats of the FfRF and forced a ban upon the cheerleaders.  Needless to say, the parents of both the cheerleaders and the football players were enraged, filed a lawsuit, and a judge in Texas will rule shortly on whether to uphold the ban or allow the cheerleaders to continue their creation of the banners.  Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot have weighed in on the controversy and have come done on the side of the cheerleaders.  The cheerleaders are also being represented legally by the Liberty Institute.

This is nothing more than another attack upon the freedoms of Americans by a bunch of religious hypocrites who hide in the shadows of anonymity, while trying to make life as miserable for everyone else as it is for them.  Although they claim to be “free thinkers,” it is clear that they are neither free, nor do they really engage in deep seated thought either.  Otherwise, they would understand that no one is absolutely free from religion, since all persons are religiously inclined by design.  Everyone has a theology, including every member of the FfRF, whether true or false.  Moreover, no one is an island unto himself.  All are accountable to someone at some time.  To assume otherwise is to assume that one is God; the very thing these hypocrites wish to deny or suppress thinking about.

More specifically, this is another direct attack upon Christians, as if they don’t get enough of that from the Muslims, the cultists, the feminists, and the homosexuals.  The seething hatred of the FfRF, along with embittered atheist hacks like Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins, is clandestinely wrapped in seemingly noble expressions like “Freedom from Religion.”  But the reality is these people hate Christians mainly because they hate God first.  It is the very point that Jesus made when he said, “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before you” (Jn. 15:18).  Yet, because that hatred is cloaked in patriotic talk and ostensibly dignified pursuits like “free thought,” they are allowed to abuse the court system to carry out their hypocritical agenda of suppression and oppression.

FfRF officials claim that this is government sponsored activity and that if Kountze school officials allow the banners to continue, then the school will be violating the “Establishment Clause.”  That is pure nonsense from several angles.  One, separation of church and state has nothing to do with the government being free from religion, but that the government would keep its nose out of the religious activities of the church by creating laws to endorse or hinder it.  Two, the cheerleaders are not the government, and have taken it upon themselves to create these banners.  No one, much less a government official, has compelled them to.  Three, the cheerleaders are not a church.  But, if they were, then the government is not to impose itself upon their religious liberties.  Four, the very thing the FfRF wishes to impose upon the cheerleaders if the very thing the Constitution prohibits, namely the creation of a law that suppresses freedom of religious expression.  Five, the school is not a church, nor has a national church been sanctioned by the school.  Six, no one has been forced to participate in either the cheerleaders creation of the banner, nor a football player running through said banners at the start of the games.  Seven, the one anonymous party who is offended by the banners has the freedom to look the other way.  Therefore, the whole FfRF charge is nonsense, if not purely un-Constitutional itself.

Here is hoping that the Kountze Cheerleaders and football team have great success during their season and especially in their fight with these religiously hypocritical atheists.  May God’s will be done in not only spreading a desperately needed message to a darkened world—especially like that found in so many schools across the country, where disrespect of teachers, debauchery and immorality are accepted norms, and murder and mayhem are on the rise in all levels of so-called education—and may these hypocrites become so confounded amid their own confusion that their mouths are closed.

A Prayer for the Kountze Cheerleaders, Football Players, and Parents

Adapted from Psalm 35

Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with these, your people; Fight against those who fight against them. 2 Take hold of buckler and shield, And rise up for their help. 3 Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue them; Say to their soul, “I am your salvation.” 4 Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek to cause them trouble; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against them. 5 Let them be like chaff before the wind, With the angel of the LORD driving them on. 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, With the angel of the LORD pursuing them. 7 For without cause they hid their net for them; Without cause they dug a pit for their souls. 8 Let destruction come upon them unawares; And let the net which they hid catch them; Into that very destruction let them fall.

In Jesus name, Amen!

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