Three Cheers For Texas Attorney General Abbott!

Sep 27, 2012, 18:56 ET from Liberty Institute

Liberty Institute Applauds Attorney General Greg Abbott's Letter of Support for Kountze High School Cheerleaders And Their Stance Against Censorship of Religious Speech on Football Banners

KOUNTZE, Texas, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford on behalf of Kountze High School cheerleaders and parents praised a letter by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, denouncing the Freedom From Religion Foundation's "menacing and misleading" letter that led to the unconstitutional ban on student-made banners at Kountze ISD football games. Abbott wrote in the letter, "Contrary to the FFRF's claims, however, the Supreme Court has never ruled that religion must be 'kept out' of public schools."


In addition, the Texas Attorney General vowed to file a brief in support of the cheerleaders' religious liberties if Kountze ISD is sued for doing the right thing and allowing the cheerleaders to freely display their chosen private messages on their banners at football games. The Attorney General directed the letter to Kountze ISD Superintendent Kevin Weldon to help him better understand the law.

"Attorney General Greg Abbott again has proven that he is a friend of religious freedom in Texas and throughout the nation," Shackelford said. "We are thankful for his support of the Kountze cheerleaders' heroism in the face of this unlawful ban and censorship of student leaders' private religious speech."

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