Supporters rally for cheerleaders

Supporters of the Kountze Cheerleaders flooded into Lion Stadium during Friday night's Varsity football game for a rally. 

The girls are possibly facing the biggest legal battle of their lives as they fight to continue using religious banners at football games. 

The banners were banned in mid-September after someone complained about the banners.

The district saught legal advice on reasons to remove them and decided to ban the banners.

Thursday, the girls were granted a Temporary Restraining Order Extension, allowing them to have their banner at Friday's game that read "And run with endurance the race God has set for you."

In Kountze there's not much that's more important on Friday nights than high school football.
This Friday the usual passion was there but it was fueled by something other than just a desire to win. 

It was fueled by faith. 

In the stands the only thing that stood out more than the red T-shirts were the signs scribbled with scripture.
World War II Veteran Charley Brown holds the Kountze Cheerleaders and their fight to display their religious beliefs close to his heart. 

"Not only me but I lost a lot of buddies that died fighting for that privilege for those kids," Brown said. 
Dozens held their signs as high as they could. Waiting for Friday's game to start was Kountze Alum Jody Rascoe. 

"I think they're doing an awesome job, finally someone stood up for what they believe in," Rascoe said. 

Rascoe made his own signs. 

But once Charlotte Wimer heard about the cheerleaders in her hometown -- when mothers started making signs she joined the cause by being the lead seller.
"We made them to show support. This is what we call painting the town red. Painting the town red in Kountze, Tx. ,"

There were a few people in attendance Friday in support of the school district's ban on religious banners. 

One of their signs read "We support the cheerleaders, not the banners," while another said "preach in church, teach in school,"
 It's another reminder to supporters that the cheerleaders battle off the field is far from over. 

"We think they're losing their freedom of religion, freedom of speech and pursuit of happiness. Ask one of the girls if this makes them happy and they say yes then there you go," Brown said. 



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