TEXAS VIEW: Paxton, office Need to back off FriscoTHE POINT — Facts seem to be in short supply but an agenda is not.

When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
Paxton has made a career of complaining about what he calls discrimination against Christians in Texas schools, going so far as to sue the Killeen school district after a middle school asked a teacher to remove a homemade Charlie Brown poster with a religious quote. Paxton has also opposed atheists seeking to halt prayers before public meetings.
Paxton’s office this month took an unwarranted whack at Frisco ISD, suggesting that school officials allow special treatment of Muslim students who gather to pray in an empty classroom at Liberty High School.
What an embarrassing display of political grandstanding.
In a letter to the school district, Deputy Attorney General Andrew Leonie wrote that it appears that students at the high school are “being treated differently based on their religious beliefs,” a violation of the First Amendment. Leonie, however, offered no evidence of unequal treatment and apparently made the public accusation without first even contacting the school district.
Gov. Greg Abbott then tweeted Leonie’s letter, noting that the attorney general was “looking into the Public School Prayer Room issue many of you have questioned.”
Is this the way the state’s top law enforcement official conducts an agenda-free inquiry? Make a public accusation without checking out the information with the school district first?
Had officials checked in with Frisco first, they’d have discovered that the school has provided space for students since 2009. Administrators noticed that some Muslim students were leaving campus to attend Friday prayer; with the commute, it meant missing hours’ worth of school for dozens of students. So the district found space for students to pray on school grounds, preserving their instructional time — and making it clear that the room was open to students of all faiths.
This editorial board then asked the attorney general’s office for an explanation. Instead, we got a misleading prepared statement, saying Frisco ISD “assured us today that students of all faith, or no faith, may now use this meeting room during non-instructional time.” Yes, just as they have been able to do all along.
This is cynical politics feeding a conservative narrative of Christian victimhood. Real supporters of religious liberty should shout it down.
Frisco ISD officials say the arrangement has worked and are rightly livid.
Superintendent Jeremy Lyon fired back in a letter that “inflammatory rhetoric in the current climate may place the district, its students, staff, parents, and community in danger of unnecessary disruption.”
Plus, Lyon says, the district has no idea about the complaints the governor’s office mentions. He wants the attorney general’s office to produce “any and all evidence the OAG has in its possession of any religious group and/or individual requesting access to this room or any other room for their religious practices” as well as documentation of any complaints to Paxton’s office. That’s not too much to ask.
Once again, it seems that Paxton has allowed personal beliefs and political motives to pursue a narrative despite facts to the contrary. It is wrong. It is divisive. It is time for Paxton’s office to back off.