Roy C. Keith, pastor of Southwest Drive United Methodist Church, said prayer in schools was common when he was a boy, something he argued led to "fewer discipline problems."
"We all learned to respect God, country and flag, in that order," he
, Perry's statement represents a "stroke of hope for conservative Christians in America," as well as a potential "feather in the cap of Texas."
Giving "every community, every county, every municipality and every state the right to choose its own policy" is Keith's preferred approach to the issue, he
"I believe they ought to have the right to make their own choices; based on tradition, religious preference or public election," he