October 19, 2014 7:42 am -

A judge in Montgomery County, Texas opened a recent court session with a five-minute Bible reading followed by a formal prayer. The prayer to Allah GOP Jesus made some feel uncomfortable.

[su_center_ad]According to a complainant, the Justice of the Peace stated, “We are going to say a prayer. If any of you are offended by that, you can leave into the hallway and your case will not be affected.”

The Judge then introduced a minister who read from the Bible at length before those in attendance were asked to bow their heads and pray, according to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

One of the people who observed the Judge’s behavior said in the complaint, “I was very uncomfortable and certainly felt that I was being coerced into following this ritual and that the outcome of my case depended upon my body language.”

Naturally, the judge responded with a prayer breakfast.

Patheos reports:

It’s meaningless that Mack said “your case will not be affected” when all of his other actions indicate otherwise.

Mack never responded to the letter, sent a month ago, however he has scheduled a prayer breakfast in a few days and will talk about the situation then.

In an email to supporters, he said this:

… I will be addressing [FFRF’s] demand that we “immediately end the practice of court prayer” at the Oct 23rd Prayer Breakfast. I am not seeking the potential controversy, as I will have to respond to these groups as well. We are on strong moral and legal ground.

I want to make a statement to show those that feel what we are doing is unacceptable, that not only is it acceptable to our community, but show them that God has a place in all aspects of our lives and public service, during times of tragedy and conflict, when we as a community need to bring peace to the storm. That it is reflected in how we as a community respond and treat each other during these times of tragedy.

Except as a judge he shouldn’t skip over that Separation of Church and State thingy even though it’s popular in right wing circles to ignore that part of the Constitution.

Instead of toning it down, Mack included an appeal to followers to purchase $20 tickets for the prayer breakfast.

Raw Story reports:

Mack’s email was forwarded as an attachment by Betty Anderson from the Montgomery County Eagle Forum who wrote, “A Christian brother, an elected official, needs our help right now. Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack has been warned in a letter sent by the anti-Christian Freedom From Religion Foundation not to continue opening his court in prayer. They believe that God & Faith has no place in public lives and service.”

The email concludes, “Serving the King, and standing up for our God-given inalienable rights to religious freedom.”

Lord, please protect me from your followers. Amen. [su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

26 responses to Texas Judge Begins Court Sessions With Five-Minute Bible Reading And Prayer

  1. Larry Schmitt October 19th, 2014 at 7:47 am

    And the construction of the great American theocracy continues. Of course it had to happen in Texas.

  2. Linda1961 October 19th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Too bad this “Christian” doesn’t remember Jesus’ admonishment to pray in secret.

    • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker October 19th, 2014 at 8:11 am

      They really like to pick and choose from their book don’t they.

      • Linda1961 October 19th, 2014 at 8:24 am

        And they pick and choose the wrong parts to follow, but ignore the parts about loving their enemies, turning the other cheek, and helping the needy.

  3. Carla Akins October 19th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    If he thinks he is on “strong legal ground” I have to seriously question his rulings.

    • Larry Schmitt October 19th, 2014 at 8:31 am

      I was thinking the same thing. That sentence (no pun intended) really threw me.

  4. Angelo_Frank October 19th, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Another Texas grifter posing as a judge. These hypocrites have the scam down to a fine science.

  5. Budda October 19th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    .I see a legal mess coming to his court room, and he won’t like the final outcome. Maybe some civil actions against him along with many of his judgments being overturned will get his attention…but I doubt he’ll learn anything from this coming firestorm.

  6. Larry Schmitt October 19th, 2014 at 10:36 am

    And Betty is wrong. The FFRF is not anti-christian, it’s pro the right of people to live their lives without having ANY religion shoved down their throats. It’s just that the christians are more insistent about it than anyone else, so they naturally feel that anyone who resists is anti-christian.

  7. rg9rts October 19th, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Now lets have a reading from the quoran and then the Talmud

  8. Ricardo Drywaal October 19th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    This is America. We do not serve kings.

  9. Foundryman October 19th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Must be the judge who replaced Louie Gohmert….

  10. Roctuna October 19th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    In Texas you can drive a couple of Ford pickups side by side through the hole in the wall

    • 0P-Tigrex October 19th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Spot on

    • R.J. Carter October 20th, 2014 at 11:17 am

      I like it, except I think there would be two holes in the fence, and the word balloon would be bi-directional.

      • DragonTat2 October 20th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

        Really? I’d like churches to pay taxes, too.

  11. Carlos M. Morales October 19th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Ever wonder, these people from Texas are wishing that ” God ” punish those from another states ,with some ” punishment ” for standing up for their rights, and EBOLA started in Texas ? is ” God ” trying to tell them something ?

  12. Obewon October 19th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack nervously overcompensates for his constitutional illiteracy.

  13. fahvel October 20th, 2014 at 4:21 am

    where are the nice every day normal folks in texas?????

    • Asher Frost October 20th, 2014 at 11:06 am

      hiding in our homes

      • VALERIE MARTIN October 20th, 2014 at 11:16 am

        THAT made me Laugh Out Loud For REAL!!!!!!
        (on FB)

      • John_St_John October 22nd, 2014 at 11:42 am

        I, for one, do not hold it against you for doing so.

  14. Kalar Walters October 20th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Totally out of line. Religion, any ‘flavor,’ is a personal thing and should be practiced either alone or in the ‘institutions’ of like minds.

  15. Bobbie Jo Justice October 21st, 2014 at 9:36 am

    separation of church and state mean anything to that judge? But hey, I am curious, did he read the part from the bible where the loving and caring sky fairy said to murder everyone who works on the Sabbath (exodus 35:2), or maybe the part where the sky daddy said a woman must marry her rapist…. Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT……. first born of Egypt, everyone during the time of noah, sodom and Gomorrah, oh yes, let’s all worship the mass murdering child killing Christian god.

  16. Bobbie Jo Justice October 21st, 2014 at 9:48 am

    judge needs to read Matthew 6 and what jesus said about prayer

  17. John_St_John October 22nd, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I would have walked out of the court room and told this bigot to go fornicate with a mule. Then when I was hit with contempt charges I would sue his ass back to the stone age.

    And there is nothing honorable about that scum sucking bastage.