A Carrollton couple's court challenge to Texas' requirement that schoolchildren observe a minute of silence has failed.
David and Shannon Croft had sued Gov. Rick Perry and the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district, alleging that the law was unconstitutional and amounted to required prayer.
But U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn in Dallas upheld the statute this week.
She said the law – amended in 2003 to add the word "pray" to "reflect" and "meditate" as options for students' use of the minute – does not promote an "excessive entanglement between government and religion."
"The Legislature amended the statute to provide a period of time for the full panoply of thoughtful contemplation," Judge Lynn said. "The primary effect of the amendment is not to advance or inhibit religion."
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