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October 1, 2009 / brockbruce

Cheering for Jesus in Fort O.

Video and article are from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. You can read the entire article here as well as links to more articles.

timesfreepress.com – The controversy started after Catoosa County Schools Superintendent Denia Reese took a complaint last week that the signs violated federal law by promoting religion at a school function. Mrs. Reese decided to move the banners off the football field.

“Personally, I appreciate this expression of their Christian values. However, as superintendent I have the responsibility of protecting the school district from legal action by groups who do not support their beliefs,” Mrs. Reese stated Monday in a release.

LFO senior cheerleader Taylor Guinn said she understands the superintendent’s decision but still feels shock at the loss of the squad’s signs.

“I’m sad and I’m angry about it, because we’re being silenced for what we believe in,” Miss Guinn said. “It was heartbreaking to know that our school system is just conforming to the nonbelievers and letting them have their way when there’s so many more people wanting the signs.

“Our freedom of speech and freedom of religion is being taken away,” she said.

Miss Guinn said she was touched and impressed by the groundswell of support from the community.

“It’s nice to know that we have not only our school and our football team behind us, but we have a whole community behind us,” she said. “It’s real awesome.”

video from timesfreepress.comhere

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