A group on Texas High School cheerleaders have won a court case in the Texas Supreme Court to continue to display Bible verses on their banners.
Their 6-year saga began when in 2012 the school superintendent received a complaint from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and as a result, the school district ordered the team to stop displaying the Bible quotes immediately. So the cheerleaders took matters into their own hands and did what all of us Americans should be doing when our First Amendment right to free speech is being trampled on. They took the fight all the way to the Texas Supreme Court.
And they won. In January of 2016, the Texas Supreme Court unanimously voted in favor of the cheerleaders, but the battle didn’t end there. The liberal activists took the case all the way to the Liberal 9th circuit court of appeals, where in September of 2017, they actually backed the Texas Supreme Court’s decision. The normally far left wing liberal appeals court ruled the cheerleaders’ rights to display Bible quotes was “private speech” and because of this, it should continue without issue.
Here is more via The Dallas News:
“Texas cheerleaders can display Bible verses at high school football games, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
The Ninth Court of Appeals sided with students from Kountze High School, who sued after the district barred Christian messages from cheer banners at football games. The cheerleaders’ choice to display Bible verses is protected as “private speech,” the appeals court ruled.
“We are pleased that once again religious liberty is vindicated and that cheerleaders across the state of Texas have the right to have religious messages on banners at high school football games,” Hiram Sasser, general counsel of the Plano-based conservative nonprofit law firm First Liberty, wrote in a news release. “No school district should be able to censor, ban, or claim ownership of the private religious speech of its students.”
Since their legal fight began in 2012, the Kountze cheerleaders have received widespread support from Texas’ top Republicans, including Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Gov. Greg Abbott.
The cheerleaders were previously defended by James Ho, whom President Donald Trump nominated to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, and First Assistant Attorney General Jeff Mateer, who has come under fire after videos surfaced of him describing transgender children as evidence of “Satan’s plan” and warning that same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and bestiality.
Mateer, who left First Liberty in 2016 to join the office of the attorney general, was also nominated to the federal bench this month.
The case dates back five years, when district officials banned cheerleaders in the southeast Texas school district from displaying banners with Christian themes. The move was made after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for the separation of church and state, complained the banners resulted in a publicly-funded school district endorsing a specific religion.
District officials later decided to allow the banners, but retained the ability to control their content.
A district court judge sided with the cheerleaders in 2013. But the appeals court soon after said their lawsuit was moot due to the district’s policy change. Eventually, the case was kicked up to the Texas Supreme Court, which remanded it back to the appeals court last year.
The court’s ruling this week found that since cheerleading is not related to the “pedagogical concerns” of the district, the banners did not amount to “government speech.”
“Given the nature of the expressive activity — a hand-drawn, playful paper banner, displayed by cheerleaders engaged in an extra-curricular activity, only momentarily before the football team runs through the banner — it is highly unlikely that the banner would appear to those in attendance at the game to contain a message endorsed by the school,” the court wrote. “Kountze ISD has not raised substantial disruption of or material interference with school activities as a concern. Kountze ISD has not pleaded or offered any evidence of disruption or interference.
“Therefore, we conclude that the Cheerleaders’ speech expressed on the run-through banners is best characterized as the pure private speech of the students.”
Tom Brandt, attorney for Kountze ISD, told The Dallas Morning News that his clients had not yet determined their next steps in the case. The district could decide to appeal once again to the Texas Supreme Court.”
What these cheerleaders did should come as a lesson to all us freedom loving Americans. When the left attacks our Freedom of Speech we should never back down and cower. When we give in the left wins and let’s face it, when we on the right give in that’s the only way the left is able to win since their ideas pretty much stink and are wrong for America in every sense of the word.
These cheerleaders are heroes in every sense of the word and they have done more to support the Conservative cause than any party has done in ages. They stood up for all our freedoms and they won, even in the 9th circuit. That’s Historic!
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Pope Francis: ‘Builders Of Walls Will End Up Becoming Prisoners Of Them’
Those who know me, know that I am no fan of the current Pope, Red Francis. I really believe he is an adherent of Marxist Liberation Theology. He is once again speaking out against President Trump and border security. Frankly, it’s none of the Pope’s business and his mandate seems hypocritical to me.
“Builders of walls, be they made of razor wire or bricks, will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build,” Pope Francis told reporters aboard the papal plane, according to CNN. “This is history.”
Nice talk coming from a Pope who has walls surrounding the Vatican. If he’s so opposed to them, why are they still standing? Is the Pope a prisoner? Were his predecessors? Walls don’t surround the entire city but a good part of it.
In 2016, shortly after Pope Francis called Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border “not Christian,” Trump’s campaign was ready with a response: “Isn’t Vatican City, the Catholic Church’s 110-acre sovereign state, surrounded by walls?” ”
Amazing comments from the Pope — considering Vatican City is 100% surrounded by massive walls,” tweeted Dan Scavino, the Trump campaign’s director of social media and a senior adviser at the time.
President Trump was not impressed by the Pope’s double-standard here and his criticism of him and his faith: “No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith,” Trump said, calling the Pope’s remarks “disgraceful.” I agreed then and still do. That was out of line even for the Pope.
Amazing comments from the Pope- considering Vatican City is 100% surrounded by massive walls. pic.twitter.com/g3iVLDVGe5
— Dan Scavino🇺🇸 (@DanScavino) February 18, 2016
Pope Francis says he wept after a Spanish journalist showed a piece of concertina wire from Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, which borders Morocco. “I realize that with this problem (of migration), a government has a hot potato in its hands, but it must be resolved differently, humanely, not with razor wire,” he stated.
One wonders if the Pope weeps for those killed by these migrants. Does he shed a tear for the women raped and subjugated as well? Because if he does, I have never heard him speak of it.
And here comes the Marxism… from The Daily Wire:
“According to CNBC, the pope’s statements echoed those he made to Moroccan leaders on Sunday, when he said that only social justice will correct the world’s economic imbalances. “With fear, we will not move forward; with walls, we will remain closed within these walls,” he said.
“This marks the second time this year that Pope Francis has emphatically denounced walls for use of border security — a running theme throughout his pontificate. When returning from a trip to Panama in January, he said that fear of migrants is making people crazy.
“It is the fear that makes us crazy,” Pope Francis said after reportedly calling a border wall a “folly.”
“Pope Francis has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump’s stance on immigration since he first announced his candidacy. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Francis famously showed more hostility to the candidate promising a pro-life/pro-religious agenda than he did to the pro-abortion Hillary Clinton. At one point, the pope suggested that President Trump is not even a real Christian due to his desiring the building of border walls.
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel,” said Pope Francis of President Trump’s policies.
“In November 2018, as the migrant caravan from Honduras made its way toward the U.S. southern border just in time for the midterm elections, Pope Francis showed support for migrants and even expressed appreciation for their need to “pile up.”
“Another phenomenon of migrants – let’s think of the caravan that goes from Honduras to the United States – is to pile up. The migrant usually tries to go in groups. Sometimes it has to go alone, but it is normal to pile up, because we feel stronger in migration. And there is the community. In football there is the possibility of a ‘free agent,’ that can move according to the opportunities, but from you there is no possibility, the ‘free agent’ from you fail. Always the community. Always in the community, because your vocation is precisely for migrants who pile up. Feel migrants. Feel, yes, migrants facing needs, migrants before the Lord, migrants among you. And for this the need to pile up.
“In the same speech, Pope Francis focused on how nations need to foster the virtue of welcoming strangers or risk their own demise.
“It’s easier to welcome a stranger than to be welcomed, and you have to do both,” said Pope Francis. “You must teach, help welcome the stranger, and give all the possibilities to the nations that have everything or enough to use these four words that you have said. How to welcome a foreigner.”‘
I am all for helping those in need and for legal immigration. But if they come here illegally and break our laws, they should not be allowed in. Christian charity does not include a suicide clause.
“This shared commitment is needed in order to avoid presenting new opportunities to those merchants of the human flesh who exploit the dreams and needs of migrants,” he told a gathering at the Catholic-run Caritas charity in Morroco. How about exploiting those who are victims of these ‘beloved’ migrants? Does the Pope center his heart around those murdered by drug dealers, illegal immigrants, terrorists, gang bangers, and those that peddle evil because our borders are not secure? Where is your love for those people? Your humanity? Or do you only care for the politically afflicted? Just wondering.
Perhaps the church would be more well-served if the Christian faith was equal for all under Pope Francis and if he left Marxism out of his religious teachings. After all, preachers of Marxism, in the end, become prisoners of communism.
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House Dems To Strike ‘So Help Me God’ From Oath
The party of evil strikes again.
Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is moving to eliminate the God reference from the oath administered to witnesses testifying before the panel, as part of a new rules package expected to be approved this week, according to a draft obtained exclusively by Fox News.
The draft reveals that the House Committee on Natural Resources would ask witnesses to recite only, “Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”
The rules proposal places the words “so help you God” in red brackets, indicating they are slated to be cut. The words “under penalty of law” are in red text, indicating that Democrats propose to add that phrasing to the oath.
The draft rules also remove the phrase “his or her” throughout the document, changing those two pronouns to “their.” The rules additionally modify all references to the committee’s “Chairman” to instead refer only to the committee’s “Chair.”
Other rules changes relate to expanding the committee’s authority over natural gas in Alaska and fossil-fuel resources.
While many federal oaths include the phrase “so help me God,” some — most notably the presidential oath of office — do not.
The full committee is set to vote on the new language this week, and the rules would take effect immediately if adopted. Other committees were still in the process of finalizing their rules on Monday.
“It is incredible, but not surprising, that the Democrats would try to remove God from committee proceedings in one of their first acts in the majority,” House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., told Fox News. “They really have become the party of Karl Marx.”
The proposed change has not been the first time wicked Democrats have sought to strike references to God in official party documents. In 2012, the floor of the Democratic National Convention erupted over a sudden move to restore to the platform a reference to God and recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — after heavy criticism from Republicans for initially omitting them. Democrats, though, were hardly in agreement over the reversal.
Read more on the story via Fox News
“That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ? First they take away the Creator and then they take away the Rights.
The Democrats have proven time and time again they are a godless lot. Democrats only use God and the Bible when they believe it wins them votes. These people will remove all good things from America. I mean..we are talking a party that believes in ripping the unborn apart.
The left’s religion is government. They hate all that is good and will do everything in their power to remove that good.
So help me Satan is more up their alley.
Feature image by Gage Skidmore.