Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Court Refuses To Enjoin New Texas Pledge Containing "Under God"

A Texas federal district judge on Tuesday refused to issue a temporary injunction to stop schools from reciting the newly modified Texas pledge of allegiance which for the first time contains the phrase "one state under God". (See prior posting.). According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Judge Ed Kinkeade said that parents David and Shannon Croft did not show that they would show irreparable injury if the preliminary injunction was not granted. (Croft v. Perry, ND TX, Aug. 28, 2007). Texas attorney general Greg Abbott issued a release welcoming the ruling, saying: "the Texas Pledge is an acknowledgment of patriotism and citizenship." The Attorney General's brief in the case is available online.