LFO High School Cheerleader's Religious Signs Banned From Game
A high school cheerleading squad in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia has come under fire for displaying banners that contain verses from the Bible during football games. Cheerleaders at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (LFO) High School say that signs containing messages such as "commit to the Lord" were banned by the local school system.
The LFO sign that stirred up the controversy reads:
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me in Christ Jesus."
Another sign read:
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
The signs were banned after a Fort Oglethorpe resident complained to Superintendent Denia Reese last week, saying that a religious display on the football field is a violation of federal law.
The giant banners, which players run through as they charge onto the field at the beginning of the game, are seen as controversial by some educators, but many in the community support the cheerleaders religious signs.
The cheerleaders are not trying to push a religious cause, to shove religion down someone’s throat,” said local youth minister Brad Scott, who was LFO High’s class president in 2004. “The cheerleaders are just using Scripture to show motivation and inspiration to the players and the fans.”
Supporters of the LFO cheerleaders and their banner are holding a rally Tuesday night outside the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Battlefield Parkway.
A “We Support the LFO Cheerleaders! LET THEM HAVE THEIR SIGNS BACK!” Facebook page has also been set up.
School officials note that they are simply upholding a Supreme Court decision.
Catoosa officials say the U.S. Supreme Court has “ruled that religious activities at high school football games create the ‘inescapable conclusion’ that the school endorses the religious activity.”
Catoosa goes on to note that the rule does not discriminate against Christians as it also prevents religious display from people of other faiths.
Here is the LFO Cheerleaders Banned Sign Photo.