Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Holds True to His Word and Intervenes on Behalf of Kountze Cheerleaders
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott this morning announced the State of Texas has legally intervened on behalf of the cheerleaders at Kountze High School who are currently entangled in legal action. The Kountze cheerleaders had been the subject of a lawsuit seeking them to cease placing Bible verses and religious message on banners at varsity football games.
Attorney General Abbott is living up to a pledge he made on the October 2nd edition of the Chad Hasty Show on KFYO. He said that the state would act on behalf of the Kountze High School cheerleaders if they faced further legal action.
In his official statement AG Abbott said, "After receiving a menacing letter from an organization with a reputation for bullying school districts, the Kountze ISD improperly prohibited high school cheerleaders from including religious messages on their game day banners. Those banners, which the cheerleaders independently produce on their own time with privately funded supplies, are perfectly constitutional. The State of Texas intervened in this case to defend the cheerleaders’ right to exercise their personal religious beliefs – and to defend the constitutionality of a state law that protects religious liberties for all Texans.”
In its filing the state is defending the Texas Religious Viewpoints Anti-Discrimination Act.
Officially, the State of Texas intervened in the case because the Kountze ISD’s court filing questioned the constitutionality of state laws enacted by the Texas Legislature.