Cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas told to hold off on Bible verses

The small Hardin County community of Kountze is rallying behind the high school’s cheerleaders after the squad members were told they could not use scripture verses on their signs at the football games.

Amanda Coplen, mother of cheerleader Morgan Coplen, said the squad planned several weeks ago to use scripture verses on the signs they paint for the football team to run through at the start of the games.

Coplen said no one really seemed to notice the scripture verse at the team’s first home game, but after the second game and second sign, pictures of the squad’s signs went viral on Facebook.

“We got calls and texts saying it was great that the girls did that,” Coplen said.

Some, however, did not think it was so great.

Full Article @

This entry was posted in Spiritual, Texas. Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas told to hold off on Bible verses

  1. Bill says:

    My least favorite form of Christianity: the in-your-face variety.

  2. RPM says:

    One thing I've always found unstable about praying for victory at football games. If your team wins, is it because the other team are heathens? Does God like Team A more than Team B?

    How about praying that all the kids playing the game have a good time and nobody gets hurt?

  3. tommy says:

    Were public funds used in the making and displaying of this sign? Well.. of course they were. So, what is it they don't get about laws?

  4. Ben W. says:

    "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, so that whosever believes on Him should not perish, but should have everlasting life and win football games."


    I grew up in that area and to be fair, these are teenagers who were raised in a culture of "ask-no-questions" Christianity, where God has a hand in everything and if you win the football game it's because He wanted you to, and if you lost it's because He needed to teach you a lesson. Sadly, they're just parroting back what their parents have told them. So I don't blame these kids, I blame their parents for this type of nonsense.

  5. Alex says:

    I'm almost certain that Paul was referring to the plight of 21st Century high school kids when he wrote this verse. Their plight seems unbearable….

  6. Gracie says:

    The girls did this on their own time away from school with their own supplies they purchased. I am from the area and have seen the reports that go into more detail than this one article. They got tired of using signs that said things like "TROUNCE THE TIGERS" and "STING THE YELLOW JACKETS". They wanted to send an uplifting message to their team instead of a message to attack. Free speech is free speech. Many more people are supporting the girls than opposing them!

    • towski says:

      “Invincibility lies in the defence; the possibility of victory in the Attack.” – Sun Tzu
      “If you think you can win, you can. Faith is necessary to victory.” – William Hazlitt
      The only place you can win a football game is on the field, the only place you can lose it is in your hearts. – Darrell Royal
      “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
      "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will." – Vince Lombardi

    • Stefanie says:

      So, what if the sign had any of these:
      "But thanks be to Alla which gives us Victory!" (we just assume everyone is Christian…I mean, why not?)
      "Oh My God – we Rock" (hmm…using the Lord's name in vain)

      Don't get me wrong – I'm all for Freedom of Speech. But, I also don't think we should only be accepting *only* when we agree. I think the school is saying is that there are better ways to rally (and I LOVE the suggestions from towski) without controversy or offending. I can only imagine how the 90% would have stood up and said "NO!!!" if either of the other two examples above would have been on that banner.

Comments are closed.