Politifact Texas: Before 1962 Everybody Prayed Before School Started

Politifact Editor Gardner Selby steps in to the Standard studio for the weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-o-Meter.

By Alain StephensAugust 20, 2015 9:20 am|

In this week’s Standard installment of Politifact Texas, Selby takes a look at Ted Cruz’s dad.

Rafael Cruz is seen as Ted’s political “super-surrogate,” according to Selby. He appears at Tea Party meetings as well as various Republican clubs to speak on his son’s behalf. But in a recent interview with the Austin American-Statesman, Cruz asserted that “Prior to 1962, everybody prayed before school started. In 1962, the Supreme Court banned prayer…. In 1963, they banned the Bible from school. Prior to that, the Bible was the principal textbook in all schools.”

Are Cruz’s pants on fire, or is his statement true?

Listen to the audio player above to hear the verdict.