Texas Judge Being Sued By Obama’s Liberal THUGS For The Most RIDICULOUS Reason Ever- Check This Out

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A Texas judge is being sued in federal court by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation.  Montgomery County Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack is being sued on the basis of his courtroom tradition of having guest pastors and chaplains offer an invocation before each session commences.

The atheist organization claims to advocate for a strict separation of church and state, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Judge Mack alleging his courtroom traditions of holding Christian prayers at the beginning of each session violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston. The complaint alleges Judge Mack campaigned on his promises to implement a “chaplaincy program” and institute “religious values within the office” during his 2014 campaign when he ran for his position as Justice of the Peace for Montgomery County Precinct 1.

Directly from the complaint –

Shortly after assuming the office of Justice of the Peace on May 1, 2014, Judge Mack implemented the practice of opening each court session with a prayer delivered by a guest chaplain.”

One plaintiff recounts the events in Judge Mack’s courtroom in August 2014, stating he addressed the courtroom giving a disclaimer, letting them know if they are offended by the prayer –

“…you can leave into the hallway and your case will not be affected.  The guest chaplain then stood and read from the Christian Bible for five to eight minutes, directing the reading to those present in the courtroom. After the five-to eight-minute sermon, the guest chaplain asked everyone to bow their heads for a prayer. During the prayer, Judge Mack did not bow his head, but observed those in the courtroom.”

The complaint goes on to allege that despite the disclaimer given in the courtroom she STILL felt as though the outcome of her case would be affected by how she chose to react. She did not leave after the invitation to do so out of fear that her actions would prejudice Judge Mack against her.

The complaint states –

“…the outcome of her case would be affected by how she chose to react. She did not leave after the invitation to do so out of fear that her actions would prejudice Judge Mack against her. She felt compelled by government authority to demonstrate obeisance to someone else’s religion.

The complaint goes on to make allegations of “excessive entanglement with an exclusively religious ritual.”

All of the prayers witnessed by the three individual plaintiffs in Judge Mack’s courtroom have been sectarian prayers, delivered by Christians, in the name of Jesus. The primary effect of Judge Mack’s courtroom prayer practice is to advance religion in general, and Christianity specifically, through the machinery of the judiciary. Due to the prayer practice, Judge Mack’s courtroom has become excessively entangled with an exclusively religious ritual.”

The group is seeking injunctive relief and to declare Judge Mack in violation of the Constitution, as well as for Judge Mack to pay “reasonable costs, disbursements, and attorney’s’ fees” to the plaintiffs.

According to the Christian Post

FFRF initially complained about Mack’s prayer program in 2015. The Texas-based First Liberty Institute, a national law firm dedicated to protecting religious freedom, represented Mack before the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

The commission dismissed the complaint against Mack but members of the commission wrote a letter to the judge “strongly [cautioning him] against continuing with the Justice Court Chaplaincy Program and [his] current courtroom prayer service.”

This led to Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick calling on Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton in February 2016 to issue an opinion about the legality of Mack’s prayer practice.

“A Justice of the Peace does not violate the Establishment Clause by opening a court session with the statement ‘God save the State of Texas and this Honorable Court,'” Paxton wrote last August. “A court would likely conclude that a Justice of the Peace’s practice of opening daily court proceedings with a prayer by a volunteer chaplain as you describe is sufficiently similar to the facts in Galloway such that the practice does not violate the Establishment Clause. A court would likely conclude that the volunteer chaplain program you describe, which allows religious leaders to provide counseling to individuals in distress upon request, does not violate the Establishment Clause.”

First Liberty CEO and President Kelly Shackelford states Judge Mack’s prayer practice a “settled issue.”

Judge Mack’s program is an excellent idea and a great way to serve the community, It has already been upheld by both The Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct and the Texas Attorney General. The law and Constitution are on Judge Mack’s side.  This senseless attack by an atheist group is truly sad.”

God Bless.

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