Cheerleader Sign Controversy Lurches Forward

Never before have so many gathered with signs in support of people’s rights to display signs. Or something. That’s basically what happened in this portion of Georgia on Tuesday, as God-fearing folk rallied in support of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe cheerleaders, who have been banned from unfurling their religious banners at football games. Here’s one now!

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Sorry if you didn’t get the word, but the rally in support of the cheerleaders, originally scheduled to take place at the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Barnhardt Circle in Fort Oglethorpe, was switched to the polo grounds on Battlefield Parkway, due to popular demand. About 500 people showed up, including State Rep. Jay Neal, R-LaFayette, who gave a rousing speech. Video below.


Neal challenged the crowd to bring religious signs Friday night to put up in an area designated for the displays outside the school’s football stadium. And Rep. Neal urged people to display them in the stands as citizens and supporters of the LFO cheerleaders and football team.

“Our Founding Fathers had one thing in mind when they founded this country, and it was a Christian nation built upon the principles of Jesus Christ,” Mr. Neal said.

The cheerleaders have agreed to remove the signs from the field, where players have burst through them at the beginning of games since 2001. Instead, they will be displayed in a designated area outside of the stadium. Things came to a head when a member of the school district filed a complaint that the religious signs violated federal law by promoting religion at a school function. This touched off a fierce debate over the role of government concerning free speech and religion in public schools. How fierce? Let’s look at the TIMES FREE PRESS comments section. Some excerpts:

once again a jewish organization forces a school to stop students from displaying any form of christianity by pressuring them with the threats of lawsuitsm, same way they did with banning christmas displays in public places yet in israel they burn the new testament in religious ceromomies,what if we burned the talmud??? THANK THE ADL FOR THE WAR ON CHRISTIANITY.funny how we our children our forced to read the diary of anne frank a notorious hoax and hear all sorts of ridiculous holocaust tales. Christian55

this separation of church and state is a left winged fairy tale. We got showing how to put on condoms in school, we got kids being killed in school, we got the empire State bldg praising commies, we got sex education taught in kindergarten AND we got the Muslims taking over everything and you jerks worry complain about a few words. I heard that most of the illegals are going back to Mexico. they found out what this country has become and hate it. I say it again you are jerks. and to those hipping on beck, o’reilly, rush. just go listen to Cris Matthews, Ed Schultz or k. obermann. talk about hate. Beck does not force you to listen to him. He just does not agree with you and you got to whine, poor us. It’s enough to make one vomit. – Stocko66

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I do not understand why one or two people can stop an action, when the majority is supportive. No one is forced to go to a ballgame. It is not required of any parent or student. Laws are made by majority vote. It is time for the majority to take this county back. This country is based on One Nation under God.Read the Pledge. – diamondr54

There are too many fake Christians, especially in the south. These fake Christians go to church on Sunday and pretend to be holy, but turn around and become bigots as soon as they leave the church. Real Christians need to be heard and respected.
On another note, So if somebody is liberal that means they aren’t Christian…. that’s ridiculous. Why do people on this site always start liberal bashing in regards to everything?
I agree that the majority of the US doesn’t take the south seriously because this region is filled with idiots. Listen to all these rural backwoods southerners, most of them can’t speak correctly. Look at how the schools are performing compared to Northern schools, and the ones out West. Look at the high school drop outs rates, seriously high school is not hard, people are just too lazy down here in the ugly south. – college graduate

I don’t have a problem with the Bible verses. It’s the proseltytizing. If anything, I’d love to see cheerleaders either holding banners or wearing verses from Song of Solomon such as
7:7 This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy (censored) to clusters of grapes.
Or 1:13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my (censored). — OldSkool