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Texas State Flag Texas

Pledge of Allegiance to State Flag

    Honor the Texas flag;
    I pledge allegiance to thee,
    Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.

Adoption of the Pledge of Allegiance

Along with specific rules regarding the display of the Texas state flag, the legislature adopted a state pledge to the flag in March 1933. House Bill No. 575 established

Regarding the salute to the flag, a small part of the legislation, it was defined in Section 3.

The pledge, as adopted, incorrectly referred to the Texas national flag of 1836. Interestingly, it does not appear that anyone took notice of this error until 1951, when Senator Searcy Bracewell introduced a bill to correct this reference. It took the legislature another 14 years, until 1965, to finally correct the problem.

During the 80th Legislature Regular Session of the Texas Legislature in 2007, Representative Debbie Riddle (District 150) authored House Bill No. 1034 to amend the pledge of allegiance to the State flag. Her bill amended the words of the pledge to include one state under God.

House Bill No. 1034 was filed on February 1, 2007 and changed the wording of the pledge to read

Representative Lon Burnam (District 90) attempted an amendment that would direct the board of trustees of each school district to

The amendment failed to gain enough support to be added to the bill.

During discussion of the bill in the House of Representatives, Representative Riddle was challenged by Mr. Burnam regarding the purpose and the wisdom of making this change. He questioned the analysis that stated that the bill would acknowledge our "Judeo-Christian heritage" pointing out that today there are citizens that are Native American, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Baha i, Zoroastrian, Wiccan, etc. He offered that there were 88 Buddhist, 34 Hindu, and 13 Sikh congregations in Texas. He asked, "Is it fair then to those individuals to put 'under God' in our pledge to any of the people that I ve[sic] asked you questions about, the last ten or twelve questions. Is it fair to these individuals to impose this addition to the pledge?"

Representative Riddle replied, "The purpose of this bill is very simple. It is to simply have our state pledge mirror if you will, reflect our national pledge. Our national pledge says, 'one nation under God.' I think it is altogether right and appropriate for our state pledge to say 'one state under God.'"

House Bill No. 1034 was passed by the Texas House of representatives on May 4, 2007.

What took over three months to pass in the House, took only a little more than three weeks to pass through the Senate.

Governor Rick Perry signed the legislation on June 16, 2007.

Texas Statutes

The following information is excerpted from the Texas Statutes, Government Code, Title 11, Subchapter C, Sections 3100.101-3100.104.


Source: Texas Statutes, (http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/statutes.html), June 10, 2005
Source: The Handbook of Texas Online, (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/), June 10, 2004
Source: House Journal -- 68th Day, Thursday, May 3,2007, p. 3055-3057
Source: State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols by Benjamin F. Shearer and Barbara S. Shearer, Copyright 2002
Source: State Songs America, Edited by M.J. Bristow, Copyright 2000
Source: State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols by George Earlie Shankle, Ph.D., Copyright 1938


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