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Texas cheerleaders told no Bible verses on signs

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KOUNTZE, Texas (AP) - Some Southeast Texas cheerleaders have been told to stop putting Bible verses on banners for high school football games.

The Texas Association of School Boards this week advised the Kountze Independent School District not to allow such signs.

Superintendent Kevin Weldon contacted the association after the Freedom from Religion Foundation notified him that a resident complained about the signs.

Weldon then told parents that student groups are not allowed to display religious signs at school-sponsored events. Weldon says the ban includes run-through banners at football games.

Cheerleader Macy Matthews says no school money was used and the signs weren't made on school property.

The conservative Liberty Institute on Wednesday said banning religious speech on student-made signs is discriminatory.

An attorney for the cheerleaders went to court and got a temporary injunction that will let the banners stay up as the legal battle makes its way through the courts.

The expression of religion at high school events like football games has been an ongoing fight, but public prayer at football games is not allowed.

Kountze is 85 miles northeast of Houston.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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