Plano, Texas – Yesterday evening, an activist group filed a lawsuit against Judge Wayne Mack over his practice of allowing volunteer chaplains to open his court sessions in prayer. “Judge Mack’s program is an excellent idea and a great way to serve the community,” Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of […]
Attorneys have complained that the practice is ‘unconstitutional.’ Read full article »
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued an opinion stating it does not violate the Establishment Clause to open a court session with the statement “God save the State of Texas and this Honorable Court” or to open court with a prayer, or have a volunteer chaplain program to facilitate those prayers. Read full article »
Judge Wayne Mack, a justice of the peace in Montgomery County, Texas, recalls several people telling him they were initially worried about coming before his court, but after the chaplain’s prayer opened the proceedings, they felt better. Read full article »
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a legal opinion Monday affirming the constitutionality of opening courtroom sessions with prayer, as well as a volunteer chaplaincy program in Southeast Texas.
Austin, TX – Today, Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a legal opinion affirming the constitutionality of Judge Wayne Mack’s volunteer chaplaincy program and his practice of allowing volunteer chaplains to open court sessions in prayer. Read the opinion “This is a total victory for Judge Mack and for the citizens […]