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Sumner Co. football fans react to Texas ruling about religion at games

Posted: Updated: May 9, 2013 05:16 PM

The judges ruling in Houston, Texas to allow a group of high school cheerleaders to use Bible verses at football games draws cheers from some Sumner County parents and fans.

In 2011, coaches, teachers and staff members were told they could not participate, in any way, when football players and cheerleaders prayed at the end of games.

The decision created a stir at Westmoreland Middle School.

Hundreds of fans packed the school's stadium and prayed aloud during the moment of silence, but coaches and employees of the school system obeyed the instructions.

Scott Graves, a fan and dedicated Christian, went to work organizing rallies and leading other Christians to protest.

"We decided it was time to stand up and do something," said Graves.

He and others in Westmoreland watched the Houston lawsuit and court ruling carefully.

"I was expecting it to die right there [at the beginning]. I didn't think it would go any further," said Graves. "Now the judge says they've got a right to do that and to me, that's a huge victory."

He continued, "This judge said 'no', it goes back to our freedoms and the rights we have in this country. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech".

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