Federal Appeals Court Upholds Silence Law

03.17.09 | FL News Team

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is upholding the state of Texas' Moment of Silence law. Texas schools begin each morning with a minute of silence for students to "reflect, pray, meditate or engage in any other silent activity."

A North Texas couple filed a lawsuit challenging the law, but that challenge was rejected by a federal district court Monday. The federal decision affirmed a lower court's ruling. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott defended a young Texan's a right to begin each school day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence.

Mr. Abbott maintained that the 2003 statute is constitutional, adding in an age where children are bombarded with distractions, beginning each school day with a moment of silence offers a welcome moment of quiet contemplation.