The religious liberty provisions of the First Amendment protect everybody’s religious freedom. That means that private individuals and organizations can promote religion, but they can’t force government to do so.
A Texas appeals court has sided with a group of cheerleaders who sued to display Bible verses on banners at their public high school’s football games.
In the Sept. 28 ruling in favor of Kountze High School cheerleaders, the 9th Court of Appeals deemed the Bible verses a form of “private speech.”
Joe Kennedy, an assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington State, insisted that he had a right to pray with players and students at the 50-yard line after games.