Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is scheduled to go to trial on charges of securities fraud on May 1st. He’s hurrying some good press until then.
Last December, Paxton joined in supporting the right of a school aide in Killeen, Texas (between Austin and Waco) to hang a poster with a bible quote on the wall of the school.
After the principal told the aide to take the poster down, Paxton wrote to the Killeen school district: “These concerns are not surprising in an age of frivolous litigation by anti-Christian interest groups … Rescind this unlawful policy.”
Here it is three months later and Paxton is still defending the right to proselytize. Unless, of course, you’re not a highly discriminated against Christian.
Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas (North Dallas), has a prayer room. Muslim students have used it for 7 years instead of leaving school and driving home to pray. Buddhists students use it for mediation. Nobody has objected or say anything about it.
Without warning to Liberty High School or even asking a question, Paxton tweeted this —
Paxton contends that students of other faiths have been excluded from the prayer room. And the reason he knows that is that a 11th grade student told him so.
And totally untrue, according to Frisco Independent School District officials, who say state officials didn’t even ask them about the prayers before the letter ended up in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s tweet.
“This ‘press release’ appears to be a publicity stunt by the OAG to politicize a nonissue,” schools superintendent Jeremy Lyon wrote in reply to the state. “Frisco ISD is greatly concerned that this type of inflammatory rhetoric in the current climate may place the District, its students, staff, parents and community in danger of unnecessary disruption.”
Publicity stunt? No, not Paxton. Not a month before he heads to trial for cheating people out of their money.
And there’s this –
A week before the attorney general’s letter, Liberty High’s principal had welcomed all students to use the room in an interview with KERA public radio.
You know, there ought to be a law against an attorney general needlessly stirring up hate in a public high school right before his trial on state felony charges of securities fraud. Probably wouldn’t stop Paxton, though. Laws have never actually applied to Paxton.