- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An East Texas school district policy barring cheerleaders from quoting Scripture on banners at high school football games appears to violate their free-speech rights, a state judge said Thursday.

District Judge Steve Thomas issued an injunction allowing the Kountze High School cheerleaders to continue displaying such banners pending the outcome of a lawsuit about the matter, KFDM television in Beaumont reported. The judge previously granted a temporary restraining order allowing the practice to continue.

The school district ordered the cheerleaders to stop quoting Bible verses after receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The group says it received a complaint from an atheist attending a game who felt the school was promoting Christianity.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and state Attorney General Greg Abbott, both Republicans, have backed the cheerleaders.

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