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AG files motion to intervene in Kountze cheerleader case

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Wednesday in a press conference, Governor Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott threw their support behind the Kountze cheerleaders for their expression of their religious views on banners at football games.

Attorney General Greg Abbott said on Tuesday his office filed a motion to intervene in this case to ensure the freedom of expression of the cheerleaders. The 356th District Court Judge Steve Thomas is set to make a ruling on the matter on Thursday.

On October 4th, Judge Thomas gave a 14 day extension to the temporary restraining order against the district. That TRO allowed the cheerleaders to fly the banners at last week's game.

In Texas, football is practically a religion and the kountze cheerleaders are fighting so their religious freedom won't be trampled upon. Now Governor Rick Perry is throwing his support behind the squad and referencing the group that protested to the school district about the signs, saying, "Where is the tolerance in threatening school officials, entire districts simply because some cheerleaders at a football game wanted to put a biblical phrase on a banner."

As the cheerleaders prepare for Friday's game and the upcoming court hearing they appreciate that the Governor is on their side.

Rebekah Richardson says, "Very important people are backing us up and that means a lot."

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot filed a motion to intervene in this case... stating on his web site, "The state of Texas intervened in the case because the Kountze ISD'S court filing affirmatively questioned the constitutionality of state laws enacted by the Texas Legislature.

At the press conference Abbott said, "We will not allow atheist groups from outside the state of Texas to come into our this state to use menacing, misleading, and intimidation tactics to try to bully schools to bow down at the alter of secular beliefs."

Attorney for the cheerleaders, David Starnes says, "It's another strong indicator that what the cheerleaders have done is constitutional and that their rights are protected.'

They didn't even know it. But by making these signs these cheerleaders could be painting for other's religious rights too.

Cheerleader Kieara Moffett says, "I don't know what's gonna happen, but regardless of what happens, god's gonna get the glory."

The governor also said today that during the upcoming legislative session, they will take this topic up and continue to find ways to preserve religious expression..

If Judge Thomas rules in favor of the cheerleaders, on Thursday, the banner that the squad made Wednesday afternoon will be displayed at their game against Newton Friday night.

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