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Talking Points

From today’s TFN News Clips: “I think everyone here is doing it because we believe in the message and we ultimately want people to be saved. We want people to realize the Bible is trustworthy in matters of history and when it touches science. And because you can trust it in those areas, you can trust [...]

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Texas Pays Thousands to ‘Long-Discredited Quack’ to Help Defend Anti-Abortion Law

Today an attorney for plaintiffs seeking to block implementation of the state’s draconian anti-abortion law, last year’s House Bill 2, accused Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office of hiding the full extent of its collaboration with a discredited marriage therapist who insists that abortion causes mental illness. Quorum Report (subscription required) has the story on today’s action in the federal court case in [...]

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Undercover Audio Reveals Intimidation Tactics of Anti-Abortion Extremists

An anti-abortion extremist gunned down Dr. George Tiller as the physician attended services at his church in 2009. Dr. Barnett Slepian lost his life after an extremist shot him through a kitchen window at his home in 1998. Another rifle-toting extremist murdered receptionists Shannon Lowney and Lee Ann Nichols and injured five others at their clinics in 1994. [...]

Posted in abortion, TFNEF | 2 Comments


The Right’s Contempt for Women

You really have to wonder why some of the leading voices on the right have such a difficult time hiding their contempt for women. This weekend, for example, the Houston Chronicle reported that Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of the influential far-right website RedState, admitted he had been wrong when he called First Lady Michelle Obama a “Marxist harpy wife.” But he expressed [...]

Posted in abortion, TFNEF | 7 Comments


David Barton: Gay Folks and Abortion Rights Supporters Can’t Be Christians

David Barton doesn’t pretend to be just a historian. He also appears to see himself as qualified to judge who is a real Christian and who isn’t. See here, for example. Our friends at Right Wing Watch heard him do it again Wednesday on his WallBuilders Live! radio program. Lamenting the fact that polls show many young Christians don’t think homosexuality [...]

Posted in abortion, David Barton, LGBT issues, TFNEF | 7 Comments


Steve Toth: Too Extreme Even for Texas Republicans?

Maybe sometimes a far-right politician can be too extreme even for Texas Republicans. On Tuesday state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, lost big in the Republican runoff race for a Texas Senate seat north of Houston. State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, won in a landslide, getting about 67 percent of the vote to Toth’s 33 percent to earn the GOP nomination for the [...]

Posted in birth control, CSCOPE, sex education, Steve Toth, TFNEF | 6 Comments


Ten Outrageous Changes Publishers Agreed to Make to Texas Social Studies Textbooks in 2002

The State Board of Education is set this year to adopt new social studies textbooks for Texas public schools. So we went back to our files to see what happened during the last social studies textbook adoption in the Lone Star State more than a decade ago. During public hearings and in written comments submitted in [...]

Posted in social studies adoption (2014), State Board of Education, TFNEF | 9 Comments


Greg Abbott’s Pitiful Defense of Inequality

Opponents of marriage equality keep trotting out the same tired arguments in an attempt to justify legalized discrimination against LGBT families. In state after state, federal courts keep knocking those arguments down. But Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott makes essentially the same already-rejected arguments anyway in a new court brief defending the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. From the Texas [...]

Posted in Greg Abbott, LGBT issues, marriage, marriage equality, TFNEF | 2 Comments


Very Petty, Attorney General Abbott

The First Amendment might protect the right of Americans “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” but some Texans found out today that it doesn’t bar elected officials from insulting people who exercise that right. Today Equality Texas tried to deliver to the office of state Attorney General Greg Abbott thousands of petitions from Texans asking Abbott [...]

Posted in Greg Abbott, LGBT issues, marriage equality, TFNEF | 3 Comments


Houston Anti-Gay Leader Issues Chilling Call in Effort to Repeal Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Dave Welch, head of the far-right Houston Area Pastor Council and one of the leading voices of anti-gay hate in Texas, is calling for “imprecatory prayers” as Houston officials review petition signatures from supporters of overturning the city’s new anti-discrimination ordinance. Imprecatory prayers are those that ask God to burden, curse or even destroy wicked individuals [...]

Posted in civil and equal rights, Dave Welch, Houston Area Pastor Council, Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, LGBT issues, TFN | 7 Comments