Originally Posted by NateR
Exactly why they need to teach Christian morality in public schools.
When I first moved to Texas back in 2004, I found out they say the "Texas Pledge" every day in the schools. In February 2007, they added "one state under God" to the pledge.
Some jackass Athiest parent complained about it but the judge just recently dismissed the case. Good for him, had this been NY or CA, it would have been changed to please the 1 person.
Judge dismisses attempt to remove 'one state under God' from Texas pledge
12:00 AM CDT on Saturday, March 28, 2009
By KATHERINE LEAL UNMUTH / The Dallas Morning News
A judge has dismissed the claims of an atheist parent who sought to remove the words "one state under God" from the Texas pledge of allegiance.
Parent David Wallace Croft had argued that the insertion of the words in 2007 by legislators was unconstitutional and amounted to a violation of the separation of church and state.
Public school children recite the pledge every morning after the U.S. pledge.
U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade on Thursday upheld the pledge as it is worded: "Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible."
In his opinion, Kinkeade wrote, "A voluntary recitation of the Texas Pledge of Allegiance simply does not coerce students in the same way a school-sponsored prayer might."
He noted that the U.S. pledge and four other states have similar pledges that make reference to God or divine grace.
Dean Cook, Croft's attorney, said he is considering appealing the decision.
"The insertion of the language 'under God' shows that the Legislature did not have a secular purpose," he said. "It would be just as inappropriate if they inserted the language 'this is a state under no God' or a 'state under Vishnu.' It doesn't maintain the proper neutrality between the state and religion."
Attorney General Greg Abbott also issued a statement.
"The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that patriotic acknowledgments of the Almighty are constitutional," he said. "Texans can rest assured that we will continue defending their children's ability to recite the state Pledge of Allegiance each morning."
In addition, the judge noted that parents have the right to excuse their children in writing from reciting either pledge.
Croft, whose children are enrolled in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district, also has unsuccessfully challenged the minute of silence Texas children observe every morning after reciting the pledges.
Cook said he is considering asking the Supreme Court to consider taking up the moment of silence case, since the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his arguments earlier this month. He also said he and his client have received many e-mails because of the cases, some of which are threatening in nature.
"I'm beginning to see that living in Texas, it's not surprising the way it went," he said of the decision.