Go! Lord! Go!

Remember when cheerleaders like Cordelia used to fight the Hellmouth? These days they’ve got to fight the system. Cheerleaders from a public Texas school are in a legal battle so that they can display religious messages at football games. It’s a pretty interesting case involving free speech and the Establishment Clause. Are the football matches part of the public school system or are the teams private organizations not affiliated with the school?

If the banners are allowed I wonder if we’ll ever see the inspirational words of Psalm 137:9 on a placard……

11 thoughts on “Go! Lord! Go!

  1. winstoninabox Post author

    It’s hard to get the correct facts of the case through online articles, but one side says that the team is not affiliated with the school, but the other side says that the team is given special access and privileges to use the grounds and conduct games. I’m not sure if this is in answer to the first point, though.
    I suspect the definition of if they are part of the public school system will come down to something else, like what kind of insurance the team has.
    Thanks for the comment.

  2. natonoel

    Can’t see how a prayer written in anguish from the desolation of exile asking YHWH to fulfil his promises would get a guernsey.

    None of the verses cited in the article are appropriate either.

      1. natonoel

        If the team is a bible passage and a guernsey is a badly warped pretext from taking scripture out of context then I guess so.

        The team shouldn’t have special privileges, and banners content quality checked for sloppy theology.

        Either let the other teams post banners based on their world view (which I guess they do anyway with slogans), or ban banners altogether.

    1. Nato

      Sorry, but I’ll need to correct you there – none of the verses should be taken as inspirational for sports-people nor are they appropriate in the context which the sports team is using them for.

      The Romans passage is referring to victory over death and sin, and the Philippians verse is in the context of peace (inner wholeness) and contentment (inner & outward satisfaction) in all circumstances because we will have what we need, not what we want.

      I think Eph 4:29 and Gal 5:18-26 would be interesting ones, as well as Matt 5:43-44a would be interesting ones for sportsmen to meditate on, as well a 1 Tim 4:8 & 12.

      The article is a classic example of christianity being captive to culture, rather than genuine salt and light.

  3. Marco

    I think that is a cheap shot. To play it with a straight bat, the verse would be rejected on several grounds, primarily on political correctness. Also on relevance to the people concerned who might read it. Perhaps if that part of the country was desolate and in exile? “Death to the least fit!” To paraphrase a popular parody of evolution’s “Survival of the fittest” could be on the other team’s guernsey.

    1. winstoninabox Post author

      “I think that is a cheap shot.”

      Only if you think this is a game where we score points. Actually it was meant to show a bible verse that taken out of context and put on a placard can look pretty bizarre. There are plenty of examples I could have chosen which in context are still bizarre. But to use one of those would be unfair to people who hold the bible up as the word of a god.

      “To play it with a straight bat, the verse would be rejected on several grounds, primarily on political correctness.”

      You think it would be or you think it should? Either way, refusing to allow a bible verse on the grounds of PCness would be a great way to generate a storm in a teacup.

  4. Marco

    PC ness is just the most obvious reason to me. Not the stated reason. I meant would be rejected. I have no real issues with any message used anywhere, including obvious profanity, disrespect, defaming, etc. A religious message is meaningless to me at any rate – neither dangerous nor necessary for motivation. I still perceive the mention of the psalm in question to be a cheap shot, point scoring. I don’t know why the mention of “death to the less fit!” As a slogan to promote science and evolution would be any different. Certainly out of context to where “survival of the fittest” is used in the education of science?


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