Definition: the time and space when, under the guise of claims to freedom, cheerleaders take over.
Word in context: Kountze, Texas, appears no longer to be a democracy, but a Cheeranny.
A judge ruled yesterday in favor of the Kountze High School Cheerleaders and their right to print whatever they want, including Bible verses, on their banners for football games.
Here’s one you (hopefully) don’t want to see on a banner:
A blessing on the one who seizes your children and smashes them against the rock! (Psalm 137:9)
But, then, it’s not up to you; it is up to the cheerleaders.
I wonder what will happen to Cheeranny when a Moslem or Hindu is chosen to be a cheerleader and wants to cite a verse from the Koran or the Bhagvad Gita .
I watched some video of interviews with cheerleaders involved in this case. They are right; freedom of speech is a tough one, but, as it’s inclusion in the First Amendment shows, it is an important one.
A very REAL challenge of free speech, though, is when one fights for it on the behalf of others, rather than for oneself.
Another challenge of free speech is when, as in this case in Kountze, it pushes up against other rights. Another right enumerated in the First Amendment regards religion. In fact, it comes BEFORE free speech in the amendment.
Without getting into case law regarding the religion clauses of the First Amendment, it seems clear to me that a reasonable person could construe the inclusion of Christian scripture references on run-through banners as connecting the school administration (government) with a particular religion.
This may or may not be the case. We may know until the first cheerleader of another faith tries to paint something about it on a banner.