When 33-year old Marlise Munoz, a Fort Worth mother of a young child, suffered an apparent brain aneurysm in November, she was 14 weeks pregnant. The hospital told the family that she was brain dead, the standard for determining death in Texas (“irreversible cessation of all spontaneous brain function”) and most of the rest of the country. But for her and her family, this was not the end because she had been placed on a ventilator when she
In Part 1 on this topic, I explained how the Hays County Commissioners Court established religious worship as an integral part of its meetings one year ago. In Part 2, I described the content of its religious practice. In this third and final column, I address the constitutionality of the Court’s religious practices and explain how they deny equal protection to those in Hays County who are not religious. While I am indebted to both the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) for their analysis of Establishment Clause jurisprude
Some strange events occurred in Hays County a year ago, on October 16, 2012, when its Commissioners Court adopted a resolution and a policy and procedures relating to invocations held at the beginning of its regular meetings. The policy and procedure established religion as a bona fide part of Hays County government and excluded participation in its invocations by the non-religious. How the Court took this action is as strange as what it did.