From Free Market.
“An atheist couple from Carrollton filed suit against Governor Perry and the state of Texas over the new version of the Texas state pledge, which includes the words ‘ One State under God.’ The judge denied their request for an injunction in this first stage of the lawsuit. Although students in school districts are allowed to leave the room or remain silent, Mr. and Mrs. David Croft argue their children are still injured by having to hear, or leave the room to avoid hearing the Texas pledge. Citizens across the country have grown weary of these attacks on the religious heritage and nature of this country, as evidenced by the Texas Legislature’s passing of the new Texas Pledge and the new display of In God We Trust in the state House and Senate. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is defending the pledge alongside State Solicitor Ted Cruz, lays out a strong argument in the Dallas Morning News”
From Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and the Dallas Monring News.
Greg Abbott: Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible
Those four words are new to the state pledge of allegiance, and, despite protests, they should stay
10:50 AM CDT on Wednesday, August 29, 2007
“As young Texans return to school this week, they are beginning their day by pledging allegiance to our state and nation. As they recite the Texas Pledge of Allegiance, they have four new words to say: “One state under God.” And those words should sound familiar; Americans have been saying the same in the U.S. pledge for more than 50 years.Unfortunately, a North Texas couple is suing the state in an attempt to overturn our state pledge. Professed atheists, they object to their children having to watch and listen as their classmates “engage in a ritual proclaiming that there is a God and that Texas is ‘one state under God.’ “As the state’s lawyer, I am committed to vigorously defending our pledge. And so far, we are succeeding. A federal district judge yesterday rebuffed the couple’s attempt to remove the phrase while the lawsuit proceeds through the court system.America’s founders crafted the First Amendment to guarantee the individual’s right to believe or not to believe in God, but that protection for the individual does not banish God from the public square. Quite the contrary. U.S. and Texas history clearly shows the founders seeking Divine guidance as they fashioned our system of government. And they publicly acknowledged that influence at every turn.
The 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence appealed to “Nature’s God,” the “Supreme Judge of the world” and “divine Providence” and famously stated that all people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” These acknowledgments of the Almighty continued unabated well into the early years of the Republic.”
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