God in the Texas Pledge

Did you know that Texas has a pledge, much like the pledge of allegiance? I didn’t, until I ran across this article in the Houston Chronicle saying that the Texas legislature has added to it the words “one state under God”.

Why? Debbie Riddle (R-Gilead) says:

“Personally, I felt like the Texas pledge had a big old hole in it, and it occurred to me, ‘You know what? We need to fix that,’ “

Perhaps the good citizens of Texas would have been better served if their state legislators had looked to Iraq and taken the month off.

I don’t see how this can possibly pass constitutional muster. According to the article, saying the Texas pledge has been mandatory since 2003. If there’s a more clear-cut case of violation of separation of church and state, I haven’t seen one yet. Then again, if and when someone sues (the article quotes Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State), they’ll be able to whip people up into a frenzy over those damlibruls who “want to take God out of our schools”.

What would Jesus think of this sort of all-god, all the time mentality?

Matthew 6: 5“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

But I don’t suppose one can expect True Christians to listen to some 2000-year-old long-haired hippie Jew.

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