Oct 2, 3:44 PM EDT
Bible verses banned from Ga. school football field
By DORIE TURNER – AP
ATLANTA (AP) — When the Warriors of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High take the field Friday night, the football team won’t be running through the cheerleaders’ usual banner bearing a Bible verse. The school district banned the signs a week ago over concerns they were unconstitutional and could provoke a lawsuit, angering many in the deeply religious north Georgia town of Fort Oglethorpe.
“I’m just kind of unnerved about it,” said 18-year-old Cassandra Cooksey, a recent graduate who often prayed with her fellow marching band members before football games. “It seems like the majority of people in our community want this and they don’t have a problem with it, so I think they should be allowed to have the signs if they want to.”
Several hundred people attended a rally this week supporting the signs, and more than 8,000 people have joined an Internet group backing the display of Biblical messages by the school’s cheerleaders. Some of the banners have read: “Commit to the Lord, whatever you do, and your plans will succeed” and “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”