Two students were ordered to spray-paint over the logo of a faith-based gym in the end zone of a Louisiana high school football field last Friday because the logo included the word “Christ,” a cross, and reference to 1 Timothy 4:8.
Billy Weatherall, who owns Christ Fit Gym, paid the Benton High School football booster club $3,500 and signed a contract to have his logo on the field for the 2018-19 football season.
But counsel for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who filed a federal lawsuit in February against the school citing “widespread use of prayer” at various student events and activities, challenged the logo as an “improper endorsement of religion.” In light of the pending federal lawsuit, the Bossier Parish School Board’s attorney advised that the logo be removed.
Both the students and Weatherall have fought back despite the fact that the logo was removed last week. “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.” Weatherall added, “What would Jesus do? Jesus would not say this is okay. Jesus would not allow His name to be stamped out. I want to fight this fight.”
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