Just hours before the Benton (Louisiana) High School football team ran onto the field last Friday, two students were ordered to remove a logo from the end zone because it included a cross, a Bible verse and the word "Christ."
"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."
The logo belonged to Christ Fit Gym, a faith-based gymnasium in nearby Bossier City, Louisiana. It included the words "Christ Fit Gym," a cross and a Bible verse reference, 1 Timothy 4:8.
Owner Billy Weatherall tells me he paid the high school football booster club $3,500 to put his logo in the end zone for the 2018-19 football season.
"We have a signed contract," he told "The Todd Starnes Radio Show."
"I got a phone call from a school official Friday morning while I was having my quiet time and drinking coffee," Weatherall said. "He said they were instructed to paint over the cross, and he was devastated about it."
After he hung up the telephone and talked to his wife, Weatherall knew that he was going to have to take a stand.
"This is something I believe in," he said. "This is what my faith is all about. This is something I cannot and will not compromise on."
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