Cup of Wrath
November's Cup of Wrath Award is presented to Catoosa County Florida School Superintendent Denia Reese for banning the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School cheerleaders from running through a banner adorned with bible versus before school football games.
Despite the fact the cheerleaders had been unfolding the paper banners as part of their pregame ceremony since 2001, Reese quickly banned it after receiving a single complaint about practice claiming the cheerleaders signs were clearly illegal.
According to Reese, a staff attorney told her the cheerleaders were breaking the law and that the school system could be sued. Despite the fact that no lawsuit had, in fact, ever been filed and the fact that banning the signs could just as easily result in a lawsuit being brought against her school district by supporters of the cheerleaders, Reese seized the opportunity to stop the tradition.
To make matters worse, Reese then proclaimed in perfect Orwellian fashion that, “I regret that the cheerleaders cannot display their signs in the football stadium without violating the First Amendment. I rely on reading the Bible daily, and I would never deny our students the opportunity to express their religious beliefs.”
For decreeing that 16 year old girls who wear school cheerleader’s outfits have no right to express their religious beliefs, Superintendent Denia Reese has earned herself a full draught from the Cup of Wrath.