published Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Fans support LFO cheerleaders, Christianity

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    Staff Photo by Dan Henry Fans in the student section hold religious signs in preparation for Friday evening's football matchup between Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School and Ridgeland High School.

About two hours before the game between Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Ridgeland high schools, fans are lining up to show support for more than just their team.

Signs with Scripture verses and T-shirts saying “Warriors for Christ” are in the crowd tonight, showing support for the LFO cheerleaders who were banned last week from holding up banners with Bible verses.

Joyce Sparks, of Ringgold, and her husband came to game with their three children, none of whom go to either school.

“It’s not about the football game,” she said. “I’m here to support the cheerleaders and stand up for Christianity.”

She and her family were holding signs that read “I (Heart) Jesus” and “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“I believe it’s more about people supporting their beliefs,” said LFO Principal Jerry Ransom. “I think it’s brought (the community) together.”

Catoosa County Schools Superintendent Denia Reese banned the signs after a local resident complained they were a violation of federal laws. Support has grown locally and nationally for the cheerleaders since then.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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proudtobeme said...

For all of you who are non-believers: you say that Christians are "forcing" and "disrespecting" you and your choice to not believe, HOWEVER you are doing that very thing to Christians! Truth is non-believers force their "life styles" on Christians everyday. I have the right to turn off the t.v., not go somewhere, and not associate with something I do not approve of as a Christian. Same goes for the signs at the football game, if you do not like it LEAVE, turn your back or whatever you want to do. DO NOT sit here and say your rights have been infringed upon, you were not forced to sit in the stands.
With this said, as a Christian I choose to look at the broader picture here. One person may have taken away the signs but look how the word of God has spread! Difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is that a Christian will rejoice for the positive and a non-Christian will rejoice for the negative. Take heart all Christians, one day "every knee shall bow", and when that day comes, I for one KNOW without a shadow of a doubt where I will go!!!!

October 2, 2009 at 6:59 p.m.
hotdiggity said...

Proud, if you did a cursory look at history you would understand why the founding fathers in their wisdom wanted a separation of Church and state. Contrary to your statement, "Difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is that a Christian will rejoice for the positive and a non-Christian will rejoice for the negative", Christianity has shown an amazing intolerance and persecution of non-believers and persons of different beliefs resulting in burnings, torture, wars, and ostracization. The Old Testament is filled with slaughter of people who did not have the luck to be part of the chosen as you seem to feel you are.

Just like persons who objected to the Iraq war, people of your opinion seem to think that anyone who objects to something should either leave the country or not attend an event. As for your assumption that persons who disagree with you are "non-believers", please note that many Christians support and understand the reasons for the separation of Church and state.

Perhaps you should peruse the following biblical verses.. Matthew 6:5-6 Matthew 7:1-5 Luke 18:10-14

October 2, 2009 at 9:22 p.m.
whatsthefuss said...

Well I hope everyone enjoyed the church services at the football game tonight. Perhaps all the good CHRISTAIN people of Catoosa County will return home after the game with love in their hearts, a feeling of compassion for their fellow man, and Love their neighbor as they love themselves. I am looking fordward to this new found love and southern hospitality I have heard so much about since being a young boy to infect the entire community since the majority of the county are GOD FEARING CHRISTIANS and understand the teachings of the BIBLE! If you talk the talk, walk the walk. I am sure it will be obvious tomorrow morning what an affect this has had on our GOD FEARING COMMUNITY. May God help us!!! Remember, Jesus was a JEW!!!

October 2, 2009 at 9:26 p.m.
Abe said...

I'll agree to prayer in the schools, if you'll agree that he prayer will be the Shema Yisrael.

October 2, 2009 at 9:42 p.m.
LILBIT123 said...

PROUD - That it the whole point, you think if I support the federal law, and our right to have different religous beliefs then I am a non believer! That is just NOT true! Don't assume! And if my child is participating at a school event, I have every right to be at that game!

This is not about poor cheerleaders having their signs taken away, it is about control! And self righteousness!

October 3, 2009 at 3:23 a.m.

Holding up signs with scripture while holding a big F-U in your heart for the "heathens" who disagree with you is not Christ-like. How many of you had love in your hearts rather than indignation? As I said in another discussion, Christ did not carry around signs professing his righteousness. He lived his teachings. We have forgotten that Christianity is about being like Christ, not posturing like a peacock.

October 3, 2009 at 10:28 a.m.
enufisenuf said...

Religion is mind numbing, brainwashing, cult worship and the holier than thou, my opinion is the only opinion comments quoted here proves that is is pure bull and absolutly should not be allowed in school. Its a no brainer except for the christions who are no brainers anyway. Ho about anti christina signs at the games, bet that would whine about that also, There is no satisfying this bunch of dummies.

October 5, 2009 at 10:09 a.m.
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