The top Texas law enforcement official Attorney General Greg Abbott praised the Supreme Court's decision to affirm the right of prayer prior to governmental meetings, according to the Attorney General's Office recently. Wichita Falls, Texas native Abbott, continues to lead the governor's race as he supports religious rights of Americans.
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 earlier this week to uphold the right of the Greece, New York city council to pray publicly before their meetings. Abbott issued a strong statement basically saying the five conservative justices of the High Court got it right.
Abbott said, "Many governmental bodies on the local, state and federal level---indeed, the United States Congress and all 50 state governmental bodies----have a long history of beginning meetings with prayer. This is a practice that is rooted in hundreds of years of established tradition--a ritual that has been customary since our nation's founding. I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has once again upheld the longstanding and constitutionally protected right of governmental bodies to begin their meetings with prayer."
Abbott has argued in front of this same U.S. Supreme Court on numerous occasions. He successfully argued the case before the highest court in the land which allowed a monument of the Ten Commandments to remain on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.
Attorney General Abbott has an impeccable record defending religious liberties cases. One of the most high profile cases is the Kountze High School cheerleader case after the cheerleaders were improperly prohibited from including religious messages on the banner they created for football games. Abbott defended the cheerleaders' right to exercise their personal religious beliefs and the constitutionality of a state law that protects religious liberties for all Texans.
A Beaumont Appeals court today upheld the district court's decision to allow the cheerleaders to create the run-through banners. This case has become so high profile the Los Angeles Times once did an article about it and even quoted some of the Bible verses the cheerleaders inscribed on the banners.
In 2007, Attorney General Abbott defeated a lawsuit that attempted to removed the words "under God" from the Texas Pledge of Allegiance.
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