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Medina School Dist App II

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IN
THE
UNITEDSTATES
DISTRICTCOURT
FOR
THEWESTERN DISTRICTOF
TEXAS
SAN
ANTONIODIVISIONCHRISTASCHULTZ
and
DANNY
SCHULTZ, both
Individuallyand
as
Parents
and
Guardiansof Minor
Child
C.S., a
Minor
(CORWYNSCHULTZ,
now an
Adultand
Formerly
a
Student
in
the Medina
Valley
Independent
School
District);and TREVOR
SCHULTZ,
Individually,Plaintiffs,
MEDINA VALLEY
INDEPENDENTSCHOOLDISTRICT,Defendant.APPENDIX
II
CIVILACTION
NO.SA-11-CA-422-FB
An
Ironic
Venue
for
Separation
of
Church and
StateLitigation
HenriCastro,aman
of
Jewishdescent
whosefamily
converted
to
Catholicism,
was
instrumental
in the
emigration
of
Alsatians
from EuropetotheUnited
States.'Alsace,a smallgeographic regionwith
its
ownunique languageand
religious
diversity,2
waslong
fought
over by Germanyand
France.3
There
being
no
independentconstitutionaljudicialsystem
to
protecttherights
of
theAlsatianminority fromtheimposition
of
German
or
French
BRYANEDWARD STONE.THECHOSENFOLKS:JEWS
ON THE
FRONTIERS
OF
TEXAS
33
(Univ.
of
Tex.
Press
2010)
(explaining
how HenriCastro,
an
"Alsatian descendant
of
Jewish converts
to
Catholicism..
.
established
a
settlercolony
and the town
of
Castrovillenear
San
Antonio");
BOBBY
D.
WEAVER,CASTRO'SCOLONY: EMPRESARIODEVELOPMENT
IN
TEXAS,
1842-1865
(TAMU
Press
1985)
(explaining
howCastrosecuredcolonizationgrantsand recruited
Europeans
to
immigrate
to Texas).
JAMES
MINAHAN, ONEEUROPE, MANYNATIONS:
A
HISTORICALDICTIONARY
OF
EUROPEANNATIONALGROUPS,
37-38(Greenwood Press 2000).
STEFAN
WOLFF,DISPUTEDTERRITORIES:THE
TRANSNATIONALDYNAMICS
OF
ETHNICCONFLICT
SETTLEMENT
39
(BerghahnBooks
2004).
Case 5:11-cv-00422-FB Document 136-2 Filed 02/09/12 Page 1 of 18
 
government
rule,the
Alsatianschosefreedom
fromthe
majority
by
coming
to
America,4
some
of
themsettling in
Castroville
in
theMedinaValley
of
Texas.5
See
RobertWeinland,
D'Alsace
en
Lorraine, Histoires
de
Families:Emigration,
http://www.robert-weinland.org!emig.php?lang=en(lastvisitedJan.
2,2012)
(manyAlsatian Protestants foundasylum
in
theEnglish
colonies).Additionally,someAlsatian Lutheranssufferedreligiouspersecution
by Franceand
subsequently emigratedto Louisiana
in
1750.Id.
NATALIEORNISH, PIONEER JEWISHTEXANS
49(TAMU Press
2011)
("Instead.
.
.
of
continuing tosubmit to
silence,oppression,and crushing,
in
thisantiquated
Europe.
..
it
appeared to
us
certainthat thebest thing
wecould dowas
to
transportourselves
to
America.")
See
also
Wayne
M.
Ahr
"HenriCastro
and
Castrovilie"
in
THE
FRENCH
IN
TEXAS
128
(FrancoisLagarde,
ed.
2003) ("Castroville
[hasj
preserved
and
nurturedtheirAlsatian
dialect,their
predominantCatholicism,
andmany
oftheir
traditions.").Alsatiancolonists
whocame toTexas
brought
with them
theircombinedFrench
and
Germanheritage,
which made
"a
distinctimpressionon area
. . .
religion."
Castroville,Texas,
www.texasescapes.com/TexasHillCountryTowns/CastrovilleTexas/CastrovilleTx.htm(last
visitedJan.
4,
2012).
2
Case 5:11-cv-00422-FB Document 136-2 Filed 02/09/12 Page 2 of 18
 
Diversity
of
HomoSapien
Religious
and
Life
After
Death
Beliefs
Eternity
is
a
Long Time
Though
most
of
the seven
billion
Homo sapiens6
have noknowledge they
are
traveling66,000 miles per hour around the
sun,7
they have evolved overseveral
million
years
to be
the onlyspecies
which knows
it
will
die.
Not wanting theirexistence
to end, Homo
sapiens developed
a
multitude
of
theories
andhopes,
encompassed in thousands
of
religions,8
of
how they
can
avoidsimply returning
to
the Earthfrom whence they and
other species
came.
Or, as
the country
western song
says:
"Everybodywanna
go
to
heaven, but nobody
wanna
go now."9 In
the past
10,000
years
of
human
societal development,those
belief
systems have included the multiplegods
of
the ancient Romans, Greeksand Egyptians,the monotheism
of
the Abrahamic religions
of
Judaism, Christianity andIslam,
the
reincarnationbeliefs
of
Buddhism, and the variousreligious beliefs and practices
of
the Shintoists, Hindus,
Maya,
Aztecs and Incas, to
namebut
a
few.Some
monopolistically believetheirs
is
the
one and only
true
religion
and pathto eternal
life.
On the
other hand, someHomo
sapiens,
known
as
Atheists,believe they
know the
only truth: That
United
Nations Population
Fund, State
of
World
Population
2011:
People
and
Possibilities
in
a
World
of
7
Billion(Oct.26, 2011),available
at
http://foweb.unfpa.org/SWP201 l/reports/EN-SWOP2O1l-FINAL.pdf.
EDMUND LEDGER,
THE
SUN:
ITSPLANETS AND
THEIR
SATELLITES
57
(Hazell,Watson
and Viney 1882).M.
HOPFE
AND
MARK
R.
WOODWARD,
RELIGIONS
OFTHE
WORLD
11
(Prentice Hall,
7th
ed.
1998)
("Inthe longperiod
of
human
life on
earth, there have been thousands
of
religions.");
ENCYCLOPEDIA
OF
AMERICANRELIGIONS
(J.
Gordon Melton,
ed.
7th
ed.
2002) (presenting coverage
of
more than
2,500 North
Americanreligiousgroups
in
the U.S. and
Canada); Adherents.
corn:
National
&
World
Religion Statistics-Church Statistics-
World
Religions, www.adherents.com (last visited
on
Jan.
5,
2012) (collecting"statistics for over 4,200 religions,churches,denominations, religiousbodies,
faith
groups, tribes, cultures, movements,ultimate concerns, etc.").
KENNY CHESNEY,EVERYBODY WANTS
TO
Go
TO
HEAVEN
(BNA Records2008).
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