MATTHEWS V. KOUNTZE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (SUPREME COURT OF TEXAS, 2015)

In this case, the Texas Supreme Court will consider whether the display of bible verses and religious symbols on run-through banners prepared by public high school cheerleaders is unconstitutional. The content of these banners is approved by school officials and the district provides the cheerleaders with a field to display the messages prior to the football team running through the banners. ADL joined a coalition of faith-based and civil rights groups in arguing that the school sponsored banners violate the Establishment Clause of First Amendment because they constitute government advancement, endorsement and coercion of religion.