Saturday, May 05, 2007

Texas House Approves Adding "Under God" To State Pledge

On Friday, the Texas House of Representatives passed HB 1034, adding "under God" to the pledge of allegiance to the state flag. The final vote was 141- 0 with one person not voting. Since 2003, state law has required public school students to recite the U.S. and Texas pledge, and observe a moment of silence, every school day. (Houston Chronicle). According to the San Antonio Express-News, a small group of Democrats in the House lost in an attempt to also add the words “liberty and justice” to the pledge. If the Senate also passes this bill, the state pledge will read: "Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God and indivisible." (See prior related posting.)