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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 10:57 AM

Texas home to God, government court disputes

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Texas-home-to-God-government-court-disputes-4009014.php

BENJAMIN WERMUND, Austin American-Statesman, CIARA O'ROURKE, Austin American-Statesman
Updated 6:03 a.m., Monday, November 5, 2012


CEDAR PARK, Texas (AP) Texas might not be a battleground state in Tuesday's presidential election, but it is home to a number of fights some ongoing and some already decided that could have a bearing nationally on the place of God in government.

National advocacy groups have focused much of their efforts in Texas, most recently over Hays County commissioners opening their meetings with prayer, the Cedar Park Police Department putting a cross on its chaplain's seal and Kountze High School cheerleaders carrying Christian signs at football games.

Jeff Mateer, general counsel for the Liberty Institute, a group that launches court fights on behalf of Christian priorities and issues, said challenges to prayer policies in local Texas governments have become more common.

Of the 1,700 complaints received by the Freedom From Religion Foundation from January to September, nearly 10 percent were filed by Texas residents. The advocacy group sent 54 letters of complaint to Texas governmental entities this year, including five complaints to Central Texas agencies.



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cbayer Nov 2012 OP
codjh9 Nov 2012 #1
cbayer Nov 2012 #3
codjh9 Nov 2012 #4
cleanhippie Nov 2012 #2
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #5
cbayer Nov 2012 #6
Tyrs WolfDaemon Nov 2012 #7
cbayer Nov 2012 #8
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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:14 AM

1. Boy that pisses me off. I GREW UP in Hays County.

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Response to codjh9 (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:19 AM

3. FFRF is doing some good work down there, I think.

They have gotten away with far too much for far too long, due in large part to the complicity of the governor.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:24 AM

4. Yeah, I know someone active w/FFRF there, and he's written op-eds and has spoken out against

the city council. And OMG yes, the governor - one of the MOST hateful Repubs ever. Ever!

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:17 AM

2. It's a good thing that the FFRF is there to protect OUR religious liberties, right cbayer?

Since you posted without comment, one can only assume you agree with the work that the FFRF is doing, right?

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:35 AM

5. I read the headline as someone saying God lives in Texas

and someone else had gone to a government court to dispute that.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:48 AM

6. Some Texans probably read it that way as well.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:15 PM

7. I hope my dad doesn't see it like that

He's been claiming to be god for years and might want to try and join such a legal dispute to prove his divinity.

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Response to Tyrs WolfDaemon (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:42 PM

8. Physician?

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Response to cbayer (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:12 PM

9. Worse - Lawyer

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