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Unpublished Paper
Texas Cheerleaders and the First Amendment: Can You Cheer for God at a Football Game?
ExpressO (2013)
  • Brett A Geier, University of South Florida
Abstract

The Kountze High School Cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas last year placed religious messages on run-through banners at the pre-game ceremonies for its football team. When district officials directed the cheerleaders to cease placing the messages on the banners, the cheerleaders sought relief under the Free Exercise Clause and free speech doctrine. In the spring of 2013, the District Court enjoined the school from preventing the cheerleaders from placing religious messages on the banners stating that the act did not violated the Establishment Clause. This particular case has multiple issues that must be addressed: First Amendment conflict; free speech fora, religious icons and prayer at extra-curricular events. Under the guise of free speech protection, courts are granting private entities more latitude to speak in public schools.

Publication Date
September 30, 2013
Citation Information
Brett A Geier. "Texas Cheerleaders and the First Amendment: Can You Cheer for God at a Football Game?" ExpressO (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brett_geier/1/