Sunday, October 4, 2009
Where Are The Liberals Shouting "Freedom of Speech" In This Case?
Here's a story that once again demonstrates the hypocrisy of leftist thinking/actions. But in this case, like the sentiment broiling across America, Americans are fighting back. My view is that we have the chance to move this country in the direction we want because we have begun to make our voices heard. And while it will take decades to recapture America, the fight has been engaged. If you haven't engaged yet, please do so. Don't just stand on the sidelines - the consequences of inaction are too great! Community cheers cheerleaders for Jesus Pete Chagnon - OneNewsNow - 10/3/2009 6:00:00 AM Friday night high school football in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia took a backseat to a battle of another sort in the bleachers and on the sidelines. Since 9-11 the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Warrior's cheerleaders have been using scripture verses on the banners that the football team bursts through at the beginning of each game. However, that tradition has been banned by school authorities who fear a hefty lawsuit if they allow the practice to continue. Officials nixed the banners after receiving a complaint from one individual who claims she was offended by the verses. In a surprising turn of events, community members have showed their overwhelming support for the cheerleaders who have since become media celebrities. A local youth pastor, Brad Scott, started a facebook page in their support and organized a rally at a local Chick-fil-a. That rally had to be moved when more than 1,100 supporters showed up. Now in another overwhelming show of support, members of the community showed up to Friday nights football game to cheer the cheerleaders. Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe high school says they have sold the most tickets ever to Friday night's game. All throughout the bleachers people sported homemade signs with scripture verses and t-shirts emblazoned with the school logo and the words "Warriors for Christ." A few enthusiastic male students even painted their shirtless torsos with the school's colors and a scripture verse. Jay Spokes brought his entire family out for the event and all were waving homemade cardboard signs that read, "I love Jesus," "Warriors for Christ," and "I am not ashamed of the gospel." "I think the superintendent reacted a little prematurely in banning the signs, I think it was a knee jerk reaction. They were fearful of a lawsuit and I can understand that," he explained to OneNewsNow. But he adds, "[T]hey should research the laws better and actually put it to question...one person's complaint shouldn't stop the whole communities thought process." Spokes also attended the rally earlier in the week and has voiced his opinion on the issue to the school board. Lisa Curtis is the Varsity cheerleading coach at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe high school. She told OneNewsNow that she was grateful for the support of the community and adds that she was "dumb-founded" when she was told her girls could no longer use the scripture verse banners. "It just amazes me what kind of impact our little Bible verse signs have had on the community...the girls just want to thank everyone who has supported them this week," she continues. "We are getting messages from all over the country and we just want to thank you all." Many school employees donned scripture verse t-shirts as well Friday night. The football coaches also sported the shirts and just before the game began the football team prayed on the field and closed that prayer with "in Jesus' name." Another rally is planned for Tuesday night's school board meeting. Wake Up America!