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Hundreds rally to support cheerleaders' religious signs

Staff Report • Sep 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM

At least 500 people gathered in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., Tuesday night in support of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High cheerleaders whose Bible-verse-bearing signs were banned last week.

State Rep. Jay Neal, R-LaFayette, called for everyone at the rally at to bring religious signs and post them in an area designated for them on Friday nights beginning this week. The controversy “will be for the good, because your voices will not be silenced,” he said.

The signs were banned after a Fort Oglethorpe resident lodged a verbal complaint about them with Catoosa County Schools Superintendent Denia Reese. Ms. Reese ordered the cheerleaders not to use their signs inside the school’s stadium but provided a “designated area” outside where they would be welcome.

Read the full report at the Chattanooga Times Free Press' web site.

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