Author Archives: Dan

Study Confirms Harmful Consequences of Anti-Abortion Legislation in Texas

Today the Texas Freedom Network joined with partner organizations in raising the alarm about the harmful effects of anti-abortion legislation passed two years ago in Texas. Here’s the joint press release that just went out: Independent research confirms that Texas is already seeing the harmful consequences reproductive rights organizations warned would happen following the passage of […]

Polls: Americans Reject Extremist Demands to ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

Texas politicians like U.S. Senator (and Republican presidential candidate) Ted Cruz have been leaders of the effort to — as they call it — “defund” Planned Parenthood because that organization provides abortion care services (although not with federal dollars). In other words, they want to end Medicaid and other government payments for reproductive health care services — like “well-woman” checkups, […]

Texas Group: Religious War Coming to America

Tonight at an event featuring the embattled Texas attorney general, a senior counsel for a prominent religious-right group warned that religious war is coming to America. Here’s a tweet from Houston Chronicle reporter Lauren McGaughy, who is covering the event: . @1stliberty‘s Dys predicting literal war btwn adherents to Judeo-Christian values and their enemies. Tells believers […]

The ‘Right’ to Discriminate Puts Everyone at Risk

Religious-righters opposed to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) have been lying to voters with claims that the nondiscrimination measure will allow sexual predators to attack women and children in public restrooms. The campaign for HERO, Houston Unites, debunks that vicious claim here. But HERO opponents also say that the ordinance violates their supposed right to discriminate, for religious reasons, […]

Rafael Cruz Suggests ‘Wicked’ Voters Elected ‘Homosexual Mayor’ in Houston

Rafael Cruz, the far-right evangelical and father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, clearly has nothing but contempt for Houston voters and their mayor, Annise Parker. Here is Rafael speaking at an event two weeks ago for the political action committee trying to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO): “If the righteous are not running […]

Keeping Texas Teens Ignorant about Sex Ed

With all of the damage culture warriors on the State Board of Education have done — or tried to do — to the education of Texas public school students in their science and history classrooms, it can be easy to forget what they’ve also done on sex education. Today the online news magazine Slate posted the above video, which examines how two […]

Travis County GOP Promotes Anti-Muslim Screed That Also Calls George W. Bush a ‘Coward and Traitor’

The Travis County Republican Party here in Austin dived into the deep end of the crazy pool Monday evening: The tweet (which was removed late this morning) links to a blog post on the Conservative Daily News website. The hate-filled screed starts this way: “Christianity is a religion but Islam is merely a satanic cult of rape, torture, murder, bestiality, and satan worship!!!!!” […]

Presidential Candidates and Religious Tests

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said this past weekend that he would oppose the election of a Muslim as American president because Islam (he believes) is in conflict with the the Constitution. But today we read that while Carson has a personal religious test for candidates seeking the presidency, he failed a similar religious test earlier this year. Talking Points Memo […]