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Religious-Right Groups Demand Freedom to Discriminate

Religious-right groups are, predictably, spitting venom over President Obama’s executive order barring discrimination against LGBT employees of the federal government and government contractors. The executive order, which the president announced on Monday, does not include an exemption allowing employers to discriminate for religious reasons. The executive order did keep a provision from a 2002 executive order signed by President [...]

Posted in civil and equal rights, Jonathan Saenz, LGBT issues, Texas Values, TFNEF | Leave a comment


They Didn’t Do It to Protect Women’s Health — #FightBackTX

When Texas lawmakers passed some of the nation’s most extreme anti-abortion legislation one year ago, they agued they were simply trying to protect women’s health. Abortion facilities were unsafe for women, they said. New regulations, such as requiring clinics providing abortion care to be ambulatory surgical centers and their doctors to have admitting privileges at area [...]

Posted in abortion, Donna Campbell, TFN | 1 Comment


Senate Republicans Block Effort to Overturn Supreme Court’s Anti-Birth Control Ruling

All but three Senate Republicans voted today to block legislation preventing employers from imposing their religious views on workers who want access to contraception. The 56-43 vote failed to end a Republican filibuster against the “Not My Boss’s Business Act.” That bill would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling in June that allows for-profit companies to refuse, for religious [...]

Posted in birth control, Hobby Lobby, Ted Cruz, TFNEF | 5 Comments


David Barton Wildly Distorts Key Poverty Statistic

How do lower- and working-class Americans get duped into supporting right-wing public policies that do them economic harm? They listen to phony “experts” like David Barton — a former Texas Republican Party vice chairman and the head of the religious-right organization WallBuilders. Barton pretends to be a respected scholar of American history, but his grasp of facts is about as [...]

Posted in David Barton, TFNEF | 4 Comments


Demonizing Children II

A follow-up on our post about how some on the right are demonizing the children who are fleeing to this country to escape crime, violence and poverty in their Central American countries: Good, well-meaning people can have honest disagreements about how to deal with the serious challenge of undocumented immigration in this country. But trying to [...]

Posted in immigration, TFNEF | 7 Comments


Demonizing Children

That thousands of children are fleeing to this country to escape crime, violence and poverty in their Central American countries is a true human tragedy. While the Texas Freedom Network does not work on immigration issues, we — like most Americans — want our elected leaders to address this problem responsibly while also treating the children with compassion. After [...]

Posted in Alice Linahan, immigration, TFNEF, Voices Empower | 4 Comments


Texas Creationists Are Still Bullying Science Textbook Publishers

Evolution deniers don’t like it when science textbooks tell students the truth. And creationists were really unhappy last year when they failed to pressure publishers into undermining the teaching of evolution in new biology textbooks adopted by the State Board of Education (SBOE) for Texas public schools. So now they’re making a last-ditch effort to bully publishers into falsifying the science in those textbooks. We told you [...]

Posted in Barbara Cargill, creationism, evolution, Neal Frey, Science adoption (2013), TFNEF | 7 Comments


Discrimination Supporters Submit Petition Signatures to Put Repeal of Houston Equal Rights Ordinance to a Vote

On Thursday, the day before America celebrated 238 years of independence, religious-right groups submitted petition signatures to put repeal of Houston’s recently passed Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) on the November ballot. HERO bars discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and other characteristics. Opponents have focused [...]

Posted in civil and equal rights, LGBT issues, TFNEF | Leave a comment


50th Anniversary: What Will Texas Students Learn about the Civil Rights Movement?

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. That landmark legislation bars discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Its enactment came after decades of struggle by civil rights advocates in the face of virulent opposition — opposition that often resorted to brutality and even murder. President Johnson didn’t sweep away [...]

Posted in civil and equal rights, David Barton, Don McLeroy, TFNEF | 3 Comments


Justice Ginsburg Is Right: The Hobby Lobby Decision Sends the Courts into a Minefield

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby are free, because of religious objections, from the general requirement that employer insurance plans include coverage for birth control amounts to a radical redefinition of religious freedom. The court is essentially saying that women’s decisions about whether and when to have children are subject to the religious dictates of their employers. The religious or [...]

Posted in birth control, Hobby Lobby | 5 Comments