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Cheerleaders at Kountze High School in Kountze, Texas, in September were told by district officials to stop using Bible verses at football games after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, that he will defend the cheerleaders. (Beaumont Enterprise via Associated Press)

Cheerleaders at Kountze High School in Kountze, Texas, in September were told by district officials to stop using Bible verses at football games after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, that he will defend the cheerleaders. (Beaumont Enterprise via Associated Press)

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