"The independent school boards that oversee those [public schools] should make the decisions, not the government (1). Again, the idea that we have to be so politically correct that there’s one family that says, ‘Listen, I don’t want my child,’ then that child ought to have the freedom to be, you know, can sit over there and play tic-tac-toe or what have you (2). But the issue is that for Washington to tell a local school district that you cannot have a prayer and a time of prayer in that school, I think is offensive to most Americans (3). I trust the people of the states to make those decisions. I trust those independent school districts to make those decisions better than eight unelected and frankly unaccountable judges (4).”
— Rick Perry, arguing in favor of state-sponsored religion in public schools, Dec. 9, 2011
(1) - School boards do, in fact, operate as “the government” when making policy decisions that impact public schools, even if they are not emblems of the “federal” government.
(2) - Tic-Tac-Toe (or what have you) is not a solitary activity.
(3) - Steve Benen, Washington Monthly: “In the United States, we don’t make decisions about religious liberty based on majority rule or popularity contests. Here’s a question for Perry to ponder: if an evangelical Christian family sent their daughter to a public school in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood, would Perry want her to sit in a corner playing tic-tac-toe while the rest of the class prayed towards Mecca, or would he want the public school to remain religiously neutral?”
(4) - The U.S. Supreme Court is made up of nine unelected and frankly unaccountable judges.