Final Ruling Expected In Bible Banner Case; Kountze Cheerleaders Hold Press Conference

Press Conference Will Be Held, Wednesday, May 8, at 5 p.m. CT

May 07, 2013, 18:54 ET from Liberty Institute

KOUNTZE, Texas, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Liberty Institute:


What: Liberty Institute and Beaumont attorney David Starnes will accompany their clients, members of the Kountze High School and Middle School Cheerleaders and their parents during a media availability to discuss a Hardin County District Judge's expected ruling tomorrow in the high-profile case over the constitutionality of the cheerleaders' display of run-through banners with Bible messages at sporting events.

Who: Kountze High School and Middle School Cheerleaders and their parents, who stood up for their speech and religious freedom rights seven months ago in the face of an unconstitutional KISD ban on Bible banners, will attend to discuss the case with media, along with their attorneys, David Starnes and Liberty Institute attorney Roger Byron.

When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 8, at 5 p.m. CT

Where: The Law Offices of David W. Starnes
390 Park, Suite 700
Beaumont, TX 77701


In an effort to share positive and uplifting messages with players and fans, high school cheerleaders in Kountze, TX, decided to paint Bible verses on their student-made run-through banners at their school football games. After receiving a complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, the Kountze ISD superintendent banned the messages. In Sept. 2012, Liberty Institute filed a lawsuit, Coti Matthews on behalf of her minor child, Macy Matthews, et al., v. Kountze Independent School District, on behalf of the Kountze High School and Middle School cheerleaders and was granted a temporary injunction that allowed student-made religious banners to continue for the duration of the football season and until the court made a final decision in the case.

About: Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches and throughout the public arena. Liberty's vision is to reestablish religious liberty in accordance with the principles of our Founding Fathers. For information, visit


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