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Remember the Alamo: TX GOP Platform — Conspiracy Theory Edition

Every two years the Texas Freedom Network takes a look at the Texas Republican Party platform because, as we say around here, that platform has become a biennial exercise in extremism. For several cycles now, the platform has been co-opted by far-right activists, and each platform can tend to look like a love letter to the extreme [...]

Posted in Republican Party of Texas, TFN | 4 Comments

Rep. Louie ‘Terror Babies’ Gohmert Questions Barry Lynn on Christianity

If you read this blog, you’re probably the kind of person that, for one reason or another, knows the name Barry Lynn. But in case you don’t, here’s a brief refresher. For starters, it’s the Rev. Barry Lynn. Rev. Lynn is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He’s an accomplished lecturer and [...]

Posted in Barry Lynn, church and state, Louie Gohmert, religious right, TFNEF | 4 Comments

Can This Class Be Saved? In All Aspects of Life, the Bible ‘Has Been Good,’ Steve Green Says

In an earlier Can This Class Be Saved? post we discussed a speech by Steve Green from April 2013 in which the president of Hobby Lobby discusses his Museum of the Bible public school Bible curriculum that has been approved for a trial run in Mustang, Oklahoma, and what Green’s comments say about his intentions in [...]

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Can This Class Be Saved? ‘This Nation Is in Danger,’ Steve Green Says

Yesterday the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund released our latest report, Can This Class Be Saved? Authored by Southern Methodist University religious studies professor Mark Chancey, the report looks at a new public school Bible curriculum created with backing from Hobby Lobby President Steve Green. Green, as you’ll recall, has been in the news a lot lately [...]

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Houston ERO Opponent: ‘We Can’t Let the Devil Do What He Wants’

The vote on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is scheduled to take place in Houston City Council chambers some time today. The ERO would simply prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on race, gender, religion, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity and a number of other protected characteristics . But from the moment [...]

Posted in civil and equal rights, LGBT issues, Michael Amador, TFN | 8 Comments

About Judge John Jones: Standing Up for Science AND Marriage Equality

Guess who’s not getting an invite to the religious right’s Values Voter Summit or to CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). U.S. District Court Judge John Jones III, that’s who. Earlier today Jones ruled the Pennsylvania same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional and, unlike in some other states, the ruling was not stayed. That means gay and lesbian [...]

Posted in civil and equal rights, LGBT issues, marriage equality, TFNEF | 3 Comments

The (Possible) Return of Wayne Christian

The religious right had a decent Tuesday night in Texas. There was state Sen. Dan Patrick, easily beating his opponents and forcing a runoff against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. In his race, Sid Miller was the top vote-getter in the agriculture commissioner’s race. Sure, Steve Stockman was soundly beaten in the U.S. Senate primary, [...]

Posted in 2014 Elections, religious right, TFNEF, Wayne Christian | 8 Comments

Not All Barriers Are Created Equal, Apparently

Earlier today, San Antonio Express-News reporter Kolten Parker live-tweeted a meeting of the paper’s editorial board with the three Republican candidates in the state Senate District 25 race. Here’s a picture: At @mySA editorial board meeting with @DonnaCampbellTX, Mike Novak and @Elisa_Chan, candidates for #SD25 #txlege — Kolten Parker (@KoltenParker) January 24, 2014 The [...]

Posted in 2014 Elections, civil and equal rights, Donna Campbell, TFNEF | 6 Comments

John Hagee Doesn’t Know How to Share

San Antonio megachurch pastor John Hagee had this to say to nonbelievers in a “War on Christmas” sermon delivered over the holidays: If you pass a manger scene and someone is singing “Joy to the World,” you can take your Walkman and stuff it into your ears, or you can call your lawyer. Or you [...]

Posted in John Hagee, religious right, TFNEF | 21 Comments

Today’s Lesson is 50-49 = 1 Texas+Infinity Freedom

There we were this morning, gathering info for our State Board of Education 2014 elections page when we stumbled upon the website, and then the Facebook page, of SBOE District 3 candidate Dave Mundy, R-Gonzales. Mundy, the general manager and editor of the Gonzales Cannon newspaper, acknowledges that as an SBOE member he would have [...]

Posted in 2014 Texas SBOE elections, Dave Mundy, TFNEF | 10 Comments