Sunday, October 25, 2009

Scripture on The Scrimmage Line

Here's a gem of a story from OneNewsNever. Seems that cheerleaders at a Georgia public school has been displaying bible verses during their cheers at football games. A parent complained to the school board and the board decided to ban the display of bible verses by the cheerleaders during school sponsored activities. This ban has lead to students and adults displaying placards of bible verses from the stands.

You know, the placards displayed by the fans are quite acceptable to me. I wouldn't dream of stopping people from doing that, ever. As a matter of fact, I'd probably be OK with the cheerleaders displaying bible verses as long as they'll display any verse from the bible. I have a few suggestions.
And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening. Joshua 10:26
Now this man (Judas Iscariot) purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. Acts 1:18
And I (Jesus) will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins (kidneys) and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works (saved by grace?). Revelation 2:23
You know, I think the cheerleaders should also display banners from the Book of Mormon as well! And the Vedas, The Urantia Book, The Holy Piby, and The Qur'an. Everybody would be happy then. Right?

Besides, anytime someone bans harmless displays of religiosity, they feed the persecution complex that many christians have. However, I'm of the opinion that religious displays belong in the stands, not the field.


Tracy said...

I've got to agree with you that religious displays would not be appropriate for cheerleaders at a public high school but I suppose one can't say anything about what people in the stands choose to display.

I'm assuming you're being ironic in the specific Scriptures you're choosing here.

Robert Madewell said...

"I'm assuming you're being ironic in the specific Scriptures you're choosing here."

Of course. My point is that the bible is full of brutal depictions of violence. You have to pick and choose your verses carefully to get the good stuff. Just because it's from the bible doesn't make it a good quote. That's why there is a whole industry of study guides out there to ensure that you read about love and grace instead of dead people hanging on trees and ex-disciples bursting asunder.

Tracy, do you think that people would be offended if I displayed signs with those bible verses in public? I bet they would.

Joshua said...

If we are putting up Acts 1:18 I'd like to put up Matthew 27:9-10 right after.