My Country ‘Tis Of Thee, Sweet Land of…Removing the Pledge of Allegiance?!

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What kind of people would remove the Pledge of Allegiance like this…recently it’s been done in a town in Texas and Salisbury Maryland…..why don’t we just ban the American Flag and the National anthem as well !

Hard to believe, right?  Well, it’s true … and it happened in Bowie County, Texas.

Just when I thought nothing could be as outrageous as my recent post “God Bless Our Military … just not at the Houston National Cemetery” where veterans are being censored for religious speech, I hear about what is happening in our furthest county of northeast Texas.

Seems the Bowie County Commissioners Court voted on June 13, 2011, to remove our country’s Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation from their county meeting minutes.

As reported on the Red Flame Wire:

… on June 13, 2011, the Commissioner Court, with the exception of Commissioner John Addington, decided that they no longer wanted the records to reflect that the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation were said for fear it would give the perception that it is the courts official stance.

 

During the meeting, the minutes of the court were brought up before the court.  Precinct 4 Commissioner Pat McCoy, made a suggestion that the court not approve the minutes.  McCoy claims that, although the Pledge and Invocation did take place, since the judge did not use words “call the meeting to order,” the records cannot reflect the Pledge of Allegiance or the Prayer.

There is no law in Texas that backs McCoy’s claim.

In Texas, meetings are governed by Title 5, Chapter 551 of the Government Code, otherwise known as the Texas Open Meetings Act.  In short, a meeting which is to be recorded (written or electronic) is defined when a quorum (majority) of a government body is present, who partakes in deliberation (defined by the act as a “verbal exchange”) and consist of an item under jurisdiction (public business or public policy) of the governmental body.

Many of the counties in Texas have the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance on their Agenda’s and Minutes because it does fall under their jurisdiction.

Bowie County Judge Sterling Lacy, states that he purposely does not place items such as the pledge and/or invocation on the Agenda and purposely performs them prior to calling the meeting to order, for fear of being “sued by an organization such as ACLU” and does not want to give the impression that it is the courts “official stance.”

Sounds like the Bowie County Commissioners Court “official stance” is political correctness gone wild.

Thankfully, the voters of Bowie County elected The Honorable Natalie Nichols as their County Clerk.

You see, my fellow Americans, Mrs. Nichols was away in Dallas on business when the court decided they should cease including the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation to the meeting minutes.  And as County Clerk, it is her duty by Texas Law to serve as “clerk of the county court and the commissioners court and keep records of the proceedings.”

Upon her return to the next regular session meeting on June 23, 2011, Nichols refused to exclude the Pledge and Prayer from the meeting minutes, and rightfully so.  Here is the video where she says “many brave men and womenhave paid the ultimate sacrifice with their blood and their lives to protect this great nation, that includes our most sacred flag.  I will not dishonor their service or sacrifice. We shouldn’t be fighting to hide our allegiance to the flag; we should be fighting to proclaim it!  America is the greatest country in the world, our flag and its colors represent America’s valor, purity, perseverance and justice among others, and the Pledge of Allegiance honors it.”Commissioner McCoy told the Texarkana Gazette that “Nichols seemed to be distorting facts and making too much of the issue and exaggerating the circumstances surrounding a measure – a measure which was purely clerical in nature and not that significant.”  Judge Lacy was absent from the meeting on June 23, 2011, but he did react to Nichols’ comments by stating she did not “understand the long term impact of her stand.  What she hasn’t thought through is the unintended consequences.”

More per Red Flame Wire:

Some Sarcastic Interpretations of the News by Hal Lindsey

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Seniors Can’t Pray Over Food – PC Gone Wild

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This from WSBTV.com, now just because senior meals are funded by federal money, the Senior Center invokes separation of church and state.  Puhleeze, people, lets elect some folks with some sense????

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. — Preston Blackwelder proudly showed off a painting of his grandmother that had hung next to the front door of his Port Wentworth home.She was the woman who led him to God, Blackwelder said Friday.And with that firm religious footing, Blackwelder said it would be preposterous to stop praying before meals at Port Wentworth’s Ed Young Senior Citizens Center near Savannah because of a federal guideline.”She would say pray anyway,” Blackwelder said of his grandmother. “She’d say don’t listen.“But Senior Citizens Inc. officials said Friday the meals they are contracted by the city to provide to Ed Young visitors are mostly covered with federal money, which ushers in the burden of separating church and state.On Thursday, the usual open prayer before meals at the center was traded in for a moment of silence.The dilemma is being hashed out by the Port Wentworth city attorney, said Mayor Glenn “Pig” Jones.Tim Rutherford, Senior Citizens Inc. vice president, said some of his staff recently visited the center and noticed people praying shortly before lunch was served. Rutherford said his company provides meals like baked chicken, steak tips and rice and salads at a cost of about $6 a plate. Seniors taking the meals pay 55 cents and federal money foots the rest of the bill, Rutherford said.”We can’t scoff at their rules,” he said of federal authorities. “It’s a part of the operational guidelines.”Rutherford said the moment of silence was introduced to protect that funding. He said although the change may have been misinterpreted, perhaps his company could have done a better job selling it.”It’s interpreted that we’re telling people that they can’t pray, but we aren’t saying that,” he said. “We’re asking them to pray to themselves. Have that moment of silence.”Mayor Jones said he was outraged by the change and has promised to find a solution.”It was one of the hardest things I ever did as mayor is to look those people in the eyes and ask them to be patient with me and honor their God in a moment of silence until I can have a resolution to this,” Jones said. “For me to look at their eyes and tell them they can’t thank God for their food, it’s unheard of – I can’t take it.”Jones said he flirted with the idea of ending a contract the city has with Senior Citizens Inc.”Like one lady said, ‘You can stop me from speaking, but you can’t stop me from praying what’s in my heart,”‘ he said. “But the best answer right now is that we’re trying to get the best information possible and legal council is looking at what would happen if we continued to pray.”Blackwelder said the center’s already fragile visitors have been rattled.”This is, in my view, an unnecessary intrusion into the private lives of individuals. It’s a bad place to draw a line in the sand.”

Members Of Congress Support Men in Pace High School Lawsuit

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Here is another ridiculous example of how far America has come. Prayer has been done in schools since before our country’s founding and then all of a sudden in the 1960s declared unconstituitonal by the courts, with no changes in the Constitution or 1st amendment. I find this amazing, when you study the founding fathers and see what they did and said, that this would be happening here in America, a “Christian nation.”

Justice Scalia Defends Public Religious Expressions

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia is defending recent rulings that allow religious expressions in the public square.

He says the founding fathers would have wanted it that way.

Speaking to the Jewish newspaper Hamodia, Scalia said the First Amendment is not meant to exclude religion, but to honor it. He noted that the high court recently allowed the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Texas State Legislature.

He said that America might be under God’s protection because,”We honor him as a nation. We invoke him in our country.”

Scalia said he was at a judges’ conference in Rome during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, when a foreign judge told him he wished his country’s leader could invoke God during a national emergency as President Bush did.

CBN.com

Members Of Congress Support Men In ACLU Prayer Case

September 16, 2009

Congressional Prayer Caucus members, including U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, are supporting Frank Lay, Pace High School principal, and Robert Freeman, the Pace athletic director, as they head to federal criminal charges for praying.

Sixty members of Congress have joined a chorus of Christians backing a Florida high school principal and athletic director who are due to go on trial this week for praying during a school-sponsored luncheon.

Members of the bipartisan Congressional Prayer Caucus have said they are standing with Pace High School Principal Frank Lay and Athletic Director Robert Freeman, who face up to $5,000 in fines, six months jail time and loss of their retirement benefits for allegedly violating a court order prohibiting prayer. The pair’s trial is scheduled for Thursday.

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Click the image of the letter to enlarge in pdf format.

Please know that we are standing with you in prayer and support as you face your trial on Thursday because of an offering of prayer,” the letter signed by Miller, Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia and Mike McIntyre from the DNC wrote. The men wrote the letter as members of the Congressional Prayer Congress, a group comprised of  54 “members in the United States House of Representatives dedicated to protecting religious liberty, acknowledging tbe important role that prayer plays in American life, and recognizing our nation’s rich, spiritual history”.

“The tradition of offering prayer in America has become so interwoven into our nation’s spiritual heritage, that to charge someone criminally for engaging in such an innocent practice would astonish tbe men who founded tlus country on religious liberty,” the letter states.

northescambia.com


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