The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday in favor of high school cheerleaders who had argued that their free speech was trampled by their school district when it ordered them not to display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games.
(The above is an excerpt from a Washington Post article.)
The banners in question carried various Biblical verses such as, I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me; Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us; But thanks be to God, which gives us Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The school district originally argued it had the right to restrict such signs, but then later allowed them. The court said their ruling “was necessary to protect the future display of religious-themed signs.”
A public high school in Georgia recently banned banners containing Bible verses from being displayed at its football games. A cheerleader at the school said this: “I’m sad and angry about it, because we’re silenced for what we believe in. Our freedom of speech and freedom of religion is being taken away.”
The principal later decided to allow the banners in a “designated area.”
(These articles reminded me of a blog posting I wrote back in 2011, which I believe still holds true today.)
Whenever I read about incidents like this, the question that comes to mind is, “Why?”
Do Christian believers truly think by posting signs, banners, billboards, monuments, etc. in public places that it’s going to convert someone?
For those who have been or are a Christian, were you “saved” because you saw a sign that quoted scripture … or had a picture of a beckoning Jesus … or listed the Ten Commandments … or displayed Jesus on a cross?