High school students in Louisiana were ordered to scrub a logo from their school’s football field because it contained references to Christianity. The logo included a cross and a Bible verse reference as a part of a local company’s trademark which had legally contracted with the school for advertising on the field. It comes as precisely zero surprise that the school’s legal counsel advised officials to remove the logo after a suit was filed by Americans for Separation of Church and State. Though a local judge issued a stay to protect the logo (surprise!), it had already been removed. Insert huge legal battle over the right of a local school and students to display the name of Christ publicly.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Two Benton High School students were ordered to remove a logo from the football field end zones because it included Christian references.
The order came just hours before the Louisiana high school football team ran onto the field.
“You have to stand up for Christ no matter what (and we) just told the coaches we wouldn’t do it,” one of the students wrote on social media. “We ended up leaving the field and not helping them cover up the Scripture that was put on the field.”
The logo belonged to Christ Fit Gym, a faith-based gymnasium in nearby Bossier City, Louisiana. It included the words “Christ Fit Gym,” a cross and a Bible verse reference, 1 Timothy 4:8.
Owner Billy Weatherall tells me he paid the high school football booster club $3,500 to put his logo in the end zone for the 2018-19 football season.
“We have a signed contract,” he told the Todd Starnes Radio Show.
“I got a phone call from a school official Friday morning while I was having my quiet time and drinking coffee,” Weatherall said. “He said they were instructed to paint over the cross and he was devastated about it.”