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Groups seek to overturn cheer banners

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: October 26, 2012
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“If the majority of the cheerleaders were atheists,” the foundation argues, “would a court support their ‘right' to hold up a banner insulting Christianity or all believers?” But the banners weren't insults directed at atheists. They merely presented a viewpoint with which atheists disagree. Free speech rights shouldn't be curtailed simply because someone else is thin-skinned.

Many traditional sports slogans focus on individual worth and collective achievement. That's also a focus of secular humanism, which many atheists tout as an alternative value system to religious faith. Should Christians argue that they've been “attacked” if banners declare “hustle and heart set us apart” rather than citing God as the source of success?

The First Amendment exists not to suppress expression of faith but to maintain state neutrality toward competing value systems. School officials aren't forcing students to engage in religious expression. So what's the problem?

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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