The cheerleader banner case
State district Judge Steven Thomas ruled that no law prohibits Texas high school cheerleaders from displaying religious-themed banners at sporting events. Judge Thomas ruled that the First Amendment Clause … barring government from establishing or endorsing religion … does not prohibit the use of the banners.
Judge Thomas also ruled that the school district can permit banners under the establishment clause, but is not required to do so. The judge approved a school district motion that the banners are the speech of the school … not private speech … so the school has a right to editorial control of the banners.
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, the press, and religion. It became federal law 222 years ago. For years, I had a framed copy on my office wall. I make use of the First Amendment every day, sometimes annoying listeners who disagree with my free speech.
Occasional controversy reinforces the wisdom and power of the First Amendment.
Our thought for today is from Robert Jackson:
“The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.”