The little town of Kountze, Texas made news when an over-zealous group of high school cheerleaders began painting banners with biblical scripture that the team would run through before home games. When a challenge to the rather obvious insertion of religion into the public school atmosphere was brought and taken up by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the little speck of a town made national news.
Religious groups from around the United States rose to defend the preaching cheerleaders, calling what they were doing a rightful expression of religious belief. A Texas judge allowed the Kountze cheerleaders to continue their pigskin proselytizing until he makes a ruling. The girls, however, might have overstepped their intentions with their latest banners.
The next home game after the judge allowed the practice to continue temporarily saw the football team take their first defeat of the season at the hands of Woodville, who posted an 18-16 win. The girls assumed God wasn’t inspired enough by their faith and decided to step things up a bit. The banners up to now have been only at home games, but the girls will take their message of football and salvation on the road next Friday, when Kountze visits Warren.
The cheerleaders decided to go all Old Testament and lay some serious wrath of God stuff down on the away team, turning to 1 Samuel 15:3.
“Now go and smite
Amalek Warren and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.”
The call for divine genocide didn’t fall on deaf ears. The good people of Warren are rising up to proclaim that theirs is the favorite high school football team of the Almighty. Calls to Lord of Hosts have not been returned, so we have no statement yet as to whether God favors Kountze or Warren. While some football fans might feel that the outcome will be settled on the field by the players, they aren’t giving proper credit to the whims of an infinite being who can’t find anything better to do than what small town Texas high school football.