One American’s Stand For Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance


The case of Bowie County Clerk of Court, Natalie Nichols, is being referred to as “An Unholy War in Texas”.

First, just the facts

On June 11,2011, in Bowie County, Texas, County Judge Sterling Lacy addressed the member of the County Commissioners Court regarding removal of reference to prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance that are standard activities of the court just prior to the business activities of the day.  Judge Lacy claimed that the minutes left out “the opening ceremony of devotional, Prayer and pledge”, prompting Nichols to say “that’s not true…the Pledge and Prayer are most certainly there”.  Judge Lacy attempted to silence Ms. Nichols, to which she responded “but you’re lying”.  Nichols immediately apologized for the public outburst, but not for her stance.

On June 13, 2011, while Ms. Nichols was away at a training conference, Judge Lacy and two other members of the Commissioners Court voted to remove the Pledge of Allegiance and the prayer from the court documents prepared by Nichols, and even went so far as to mark through the items on the official records.  Why? Nichols said that County Judge Sterling Lacy told her that he “didn’t want some group like the ACLU to come in and sue.”  There is one problem for Lacy, it was caught on tape.

Under Texas law, the authority to amend court records is delegated solely to the Clerk of Court.  On June 23, Nichols confronted the court about their actions and stood her ground, refusing to remove the Prayer and Pledge from the records.

Now, Judge Sterling Lacy has asked the Bowie County Sheriff, James Prince, to “investigate whether actions by Clerk Natalie Nichols at Monday’s meeting constitute disrupting a public meeting,” the Texarkana Gazette reports.

Disrupting a public meeting in Texas is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.  If convicted of official misconduct, it results in an automatic, immediate REMOVAL FROM OFFICE!

Nichols, who was only informed of the investigation by the local paper, has not been contacted by the Sheriff.  This same Sheriff, according to the latest article, has already made the decision to give his future findings to the District Attorney Jerry Rochelle and “request it be sent to a grand jury.”

Here is Ms. Nichols response…

“I’m already being warned of rumblings of attempts to remove me from office,” says Nichols. “What Judge Lacy seems to have done is underestimate the capability of a patriot to know full well the possible consequences of going against the political establishment and being A-OK with whatever consequences may result. Those who came before me pledged their lives, fortunes and their sacred honor to ensure that we had the freedoms we hold so dear. I will not dishonor them, regardless of any threat made against me. I didn’t seek office to gain a career. I ran for office to make a difference.”

Mr. Nichols has been quoted as saying, ““Is this what we are to now expect when we dare take a stand? Directed toward a public official, no less? Retribution for some trumped-up mess? Prayers, please! Right now, she is alone in this here.”

There is a petition that has been started by the Moore County (NC) TEA Citizens group, and I hope those reading this will take the time to check it out.

Also, those wishing to contact Ms. Nichols may do so at this link.

UPDATED:  The Grand Jury review of this case has been set for July 28, 2011.

h/t to biggovernment. com








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Lady Penguin
July 21, 2011 6:09 pm

Grand Jury in Bowie County, TX has nothing better to do with their time? I hope the tables get turned on these anti-Americans. This is how the Left is doing it, one little piece at a time. Remove God and Country from the public consciousness….

Watch out.

July 21, 2011 6:18 pm

This is despicable and cannot be allowed to stand. Sorry to say, but Texas seems to have a beef lately with prayer, the Pledge and Freedom of Religion. First those kids in Plano TX.

Then Perry in the crosshairs for wanting a Day of Prayer.

Natalie Nichols, we stand behind you.

July 21, 2011 8:32 pm

Sounds like the Sheriff has already decided what the results of his ‘future’ investigation will be, grand jury and all. Perhaps the Sheriff should investigate the Judge for breaking the law about who gets to amend court records, because it isn’t the judge.

Brian Hibbert
July 21, 2011 10:14 pm

What a brave and wonderful woman. Her courage to stand for what she believes is right, true and proper will win out in the end.

July 22, 2011 1:05 am

I donated to her, suspect she is going to need the money to fight!