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Judge Rules ‘Under God’ May Stay in Texas Pledge

March 28th, 2009 . by TexasFred
Judge Rules ‘Under God’ May Stay in Texas Pledge
DALLAS — A federal judge has dismissed the claims of a parent who wanted to remove the words “under God” from the Texas pledge of allegiance recited each morning by public schoolchildren.

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade ruled Thursday the state pledge may continue to reference God because the national pledge and four other states reference God or divine grace in their pledge, The Dallas Morning News reported Friday.

“A voluntary recitation of the Texas Pledge of Allegiance simply does not coerce students in the same way a school-sponsored prayer might,” Kinkeade wrote in his opinion.

David Croft had argued that inserting the words were unconstitutional and amounted to a violation of separation of church and state. He and his wife, Shannon, sued on behalf of their three children who are enrolled at the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District.

Previously, the Crofts unsuccessfully sued after an elementary teacher told one of their children to keep quiet because a minute for silence after the pledge was a “time for prayer.”

A provision that took effect September 2003 changed the way schools start their days in Texas. Children are now allowed to “reflect, pray, meditate or engage in any other silent activities” for one minute after the state and national pledges of allegiance have been recited. A federal appeals court ruled last week that the law is constitutional.

Judge Rules ‘Under God’ May Stay in Texas Pledge

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17 Responses to “Judge Rules ‘Under God’ May Stay in Texas Pledge”

  1. comment number 1 by: Kate

    It’s a fact! Texans are MUCH smarter people! :)

  2. comment number 2 by: Eric

    It’s pretty cut and dry to me, a no brainer.

    Love the Dont Mess with Texas logo, it works well with your default pic.

  3. comment number 3 by: Aunty Brat

    Good on that Judge! I am surprised to see that only FOUR states have that in their pledge. :( The things I learn online.

    Thanks for this one..

  4. comment number 4 by: TexasFred

    Ya see, not only am I a political commentator of exceptional skill, I am educational as well! :P

  5. comment number 5 by: Kate

    Yes sir. You do educate. Got me to look up the TN pledge!

    Three white stars on a field of blue
    God keep them strong and ever true
    It is with pride and love that we
    Salute the Flag of Tennessee.

  6. comment number 6 by: Vigilante

    I think someone should pay that whiney piece of shit parent a visit, and show him the way out of town with a swift kick in the ass to get him started in the right direction. I’m sick of these whiney bastards. Let the son of a bitch go join the rest of his atheistic scum elsewhere. Texas voters…….. you better hang on to that judge, and send him on to the governors mansion and possibly the whitehouse. GO TEXAS!!!!!!!

  7. comment number 7 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    Well. We won one. May as well take the victories when we can; they’re so few now.


  8. comment number 8 by: ChicagoRay

    Finally a judge not bought and payed for by the dimwit dems, thank God there’s a few left.

  9. comment number 9 by: Kate

    Found it interesting that Florida is the only southern state that doesn’t have one, and very few northern. Hmm….

  10. comment number 10 by: Faultline USA

    Thank God for Texas!

  11. comment number 11 by: TXSonOfLiberty

    Keep that Judge on the bench for as long as possible. He’s one of the good ones. We need more just like him. I didn’t hear this on any news in the DFW area. May have missed it. Not watching much news anymore, using the web RSS feeds instead. More truth, easier to stay current on those issues I care about, and…..I don’t have to watch a pastie-faced pundit telling me how to live my life.

  12. comment number 12 by: jd3

    Well, being an older cousin of Fred’s I really didn’t think that he could really teach me anything…..BUT….I learned something with this one….not many states have pledges and just checking on South Carolina showed one of few words with no reference to the Almighty and wasn’t adopted until 1966……hmmmm…Alabama has one but not sure what year it was adopted….Great Story here Fred….one big attaboy..and take a little something out of petty cash and treat yourself to a new bullet…..a nice shiny one…..

  13. comment number 13 by: BobF

    God blessed Texas with His own hand
    Brought down angels from the promised land
    Gave ‘em a place where they could dance
    If you wanna see heaven brother here’s your chance
    I’ve been sent to spread the message
    God blessed Texas

  14. comment number 14 by: Texas Cowgirl

    On the bright side, when all those ACLU backed whiney bastards have to actually work for a living, they’ll have bigger issues to deal with than their kids having to hear the word “God” or be quiet for a minute.

    In fact, in Texas, they could homeschool, and then their children wouldn’t be subjected to such stuff and nonsense as God and Patriotism. Of course, that would be assuming that they really gave a flying rat’s ass about their kids’ education. I would guess that forcing the aberrations of the few on the majority is more what their goal was.

    I was a homeschooling mom, for the very opposite reason. My goal was a well-educated child and a decent human being. We did every subject every day, including Bible, were generally finished by noon, and my child started college at 15, is more conservative than Rush Limbaugh, and, if I do say so myself, just an all round smart, funny and interesting young man.

    Wonder how those other kids turned out?

  15. comment number 15 by: TexasFred

    Wonder how those other kids turned out?

    Dope smoking goober smoochers and Code Pink bitches… :P

  16. comment number 16 by: Carl Andrews


    Buy that judge a beer and send me the bill.

  17. comment number 17 by: brwnavy

    Too bad y’all can’t pass a law making liberals criminals…hey that rhymes kinda-sorta. Kick the bastards out!

    Libturds remind me of a bunch of locusts. They move in, destroy everything in sight then move on to the next juicy target.
    Don’t let what’s happened to so many other states happen to Texas when libtards move in and overpopulate the landscape.

    God bless Texas!