Wednesday, February 04, 2009

5th Circuit Hears Arguments In Texas Moment of Silence Case

Yesterday, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Croft v. Governor of Texas (recording of full arguments). The appeal grows out of a decision last year by a Texas federal district court rejecting an Establishment Clause challenge to the Texas law that requires public schools to observe a moment of silence each day during which students may "reflect, pray, meditate, or engage in any other silent activity...." According to yesterday's Dallas Morning News, oral arguments focused on why the legislature specifically referred to prayer in the statute.