Federal Judge out of control in Texas

I’m not a religious person, in fact I think religion is silly superstition. But I don’t like football, basketball, NASCAR or any other spectator sport either.

But if there ever was a time when good, old fashioned civil disobedience was called for, this would be it.

A federal judge has ordered a Texas school district to prohibit public prayer at a high school graduation ceremony.

Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery’s order against the Medina Valley Independent School District also forbids students from using specific religious words including “prayer” and “amen.”

The ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by Christa and Danny Schultz. Their son is among those scheduled to participate in Saturday’s graduation ceremony. The judge declared that the Schultz family and their son would “suffer irreparable harm” if anyone prayed at the ceremony.

Irreparable harm? Really? Just for hearing a couple of words?

Judge Fred Biery needs to be impeached for incompetence.

And if the people attending that graduation ceremony don’t send a big fuck you to the judge and have several prayers I’ll be very disappointed.

UPDATE: 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed Judge Fred Biery’s ruling.

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10 Responses to Federal Judge out of control in Texas

  1. Ian Argent says:

    Start with unconstitutional prior restraint, move on to 1A violation. You do not have any right to not hear hurtful words.

  2. Ian Argent says:

    Start with unconstitutional prior restraint, move on to 1A violation. You do not have any right to not hear hurtful words.

    Impeachment and public mockery

  3. Weer'd Beard says:

    Odd I’ve never been a religious man my whole life, and was raised in a non-religious house. Still I ate meals at houses where they said grace, have many close friends who are very faith oriented, been to many a wedding, baptism, and funeral in houses of worship, even went to a Bar-Mitzvah.

    Never knew I was doing harm to myself. Always assumed I was skipping out on Catholic Weddings because it was just to much Church ceremony for not enough eating!

    Hell I even read the bible for Kicks…I guess you know what’s wrong with me.

  4. Borepatch says:

    “… or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

    So if one of the kids exercises his 1A rights, the school is somehow liable? Is the kid?

    But kids will all have to attend “muslim day” because that’s all about Diversity. Or something.

  5. Bubblehead Les says:

    At this second, I’m hearing in my background the Anointed One Babble towards his TelePrompTer about something about how He personally saved the American Car Industry. I think that hearing words from his mouth does more harm than the words “Shall We Pray?”

  6. mike w. says:

    prohibits the use of the words “prayer” and “amen?”

    Umm, has this judge never heard of free speech? Impeach him.

  7. bluesun says:

    Sooo…if I say a prayer for that judge’s should tonight when I go to bed, do you think he’ll shrivel up and smoke like the wicked witch of the west?

  8. Judge Biery, who art in government,
    hallowed be thy name.
    Thy Ruling come,
    thy will be done,
    in earth as it is upon your bench
    Give us this day our daily censorship.
    And jail us our trespasses,
    as we forgive you that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into religion,
    but deliver us from “irreparable harm.”
    For thine is the constitution,

    the power, and the glory,

    for ever and ever.


  9. Alan,
    That is the most appropriate use of the words “fuck” and “prayers” in the same sentence I have ever heard in my life.
    Oh, and thank you, Alan, for expressing your non-religiousity without stooping to insulting those of us who do have those inclinations. It’s much appreciated.

  10. TJP says:

    I was not aware that there were federal public schools in Texas. I love the 1A incorporation tripwire that works only when someone might be made aware of religion. I only wish it would work the same way for the 2A, or when government worker unions in closed-shop states get to violate the political speech rights of people who have no choice but to pay, by directing dues toward politically opposing candidates and legislation.

    The political and ideological pollution of the bench is not total, however it is so prevalent that a simple flowchart could replace the process.

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