Always Pushing the ‘Culture Wars’

Let’s see if we have this right. The Texas Legislature adjourned last week without passing legislation to keep five state agencies — including the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Insurance — operating after Sept. 1, 2010.

So now Gov. Rick Perry says he is going to call lawmakers back for a special session to renew those agencies and deal with other legislation he considers critical. And here is what far-right pressure groups like Free Market Foundation Focus on the Family-Texas say:

If there are any transportation related issues addressed in the Special Session, then we will want to see the Choose Life License plate on the agenda.

This much should be clear about Texas politics: the radical right — which has the support of the governor — is far more interested in promoting fringe political agendas than in dealing with the real issues that working families care about. Instead of letting lawmakers focus on critical issues like transportation and insurance oversight, right-wingers want yet another divisive, distracting battle over turning license plates into platforms for promoting political agendas.

The same thing is happening in education. State Board of Education debates over curriculum standards increasingly revolve around issues like teaching creationism and attacking church-state separation, not ensuring that Texas students get a 21st-century education.

For the radical right in Texas, it’s always about fueling the “culture wars.”

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3 Comments

  1. Cytocop
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Ya know, there are many issues that keep me awake at night. Many issues. I can’t say that worrying about what’s on or not on TX license plates is one of those issues.

  2. cathy
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Charles’ response is one of the most insightful I have seen. As a Christian myself, I am outraged at the way these zealots pervert our faith and politicize it. They certainly give a different connotation to “taking the Lord’s name in vain.”

  3. Charles
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Being a person of faith, the thing that gets me is how these radical right people are unable to see how the force of evil in the world is using this “culture war” issue as a thing to achieve its ends. It is Satanic deception at its finest, and they have gone for the bait hook, line, and sinker.

    Key Satanic Strategy:

    Determine the number of legs supporting the piece of furniture that is your target. Okay, it has 15 legs. Let the deception begin. Focus the Christian Neo-Fundamentalist fervor on just two legs (abortion and gay marriage). While they are totally occupied and oblivious, annihilate the other 13 legs.

    Wake up!!!

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