The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An appeals court today upheld a Texas law that calls for children to have a moment of silence at school during which they can pray, reflect or meditate.
A panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans rejected the appeal from
David and Shannon Croft of Carrollton, Texas.
The Dallas-area couple sued after they said an elementary teacher told one of their children to keep quiet because the minute is a "time for prayer." A federal judge rejected their challenge.
Texas argued the moment of silence had three secular purposes: fostering patriotism, providing time for contemplation and protecting religious freedom.
Plaintiffs attorney W. Dean Cook today had not yet read a copy of the opinion.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says beginning each school day with a moment of silence offers a welcome moment of quiet contemplation.