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TFN in the News: Review of Social Studies Textbooks

TFN had a busy week. Last Wednesday we released a TFN-commissioned review of social studies textbooks that the Texas State Board of Education will vote on later this year. That review, conducted by university scholars, found plenty of problems with the books, which can be traced back to the seriously flawed, politicized social studies standards [...]

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‘This Planet is Great! — He Says We Qualify for Affirmative Action!’

In case you missed the news, the TFN Education fund on Wednesday released the results of a TFN-commissioned review of proposed social studies textbooks up for consideration by the Texas State Board of Education. The books, which will be voted on by the SBOE later this year, were reviewed by 10 scholars, including Dr. Emile [...]

Posted in social studies adoption (2014), TFNEF | 1 Comment

The 65-Ton, 85-Foot-Long Dreadnoughtus in the Room

The anti-science crowd will be working overtime this weekend to account for this one: scientists have unearthed what could be one of the largest living things to ever walk the planet, a dinosaur so massive that it may have been heavier than a Boeing 737-900 passenger jet. The report from the L.A. Times: This hulking [...]

Posted in creationism, TFNEF | 9 Comments

The Most EPIC Animated GIF Ever Created in the 4.5 Billion-Year History of the Earth

Offered without comment (via this Popular Science profile of friend of TFN, and last year’s EPIC Evening keynote speaker, Bill Nye the Science Guy).

Posted in Bill Nye, science | 1 Comment

And This Matters How?

The religious right’s response to the indictments against Gov. Rick Perry has at times been comical. We’re not going to get into the details of the legal case against Gov. Perry itself — it’s not our thing here at TFN, and we’re not a law firm. What is our thing is monitoring and reporting on [...]

Posted in American Family Association, religious right, Rick Perry, TFNEF | 13 Comments

Former NOM Official’s Message to Texas: ‘I’m Sorry. You’re Not Going to Be Able to Hold Out.’

It will be interesting to see in the coming months and years how many of the individuals now fighting against same-sex marriage begin to moderate their tone, or flat-out change their minds, as they come to terms with what now seems inevitable, and realize they don’t want to be immortalized in history as the people [...]

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

You’re Living in the Past, Man

We need to take a moment to unpack one of the religious right’s favorite talking points about marriage equality, or, more specifically, the same-sex marriage ban currently in the Texas Constitution that has been challenged in federal court. The ban was approved by voters in 2005, which was — if our math is correct — [...]

Posted in LGBT issues, Texas Values, TFNEF | 3 Comments

Be a Christian or GTFO?

Photo by Michael Cavazos, Longview News-Journal First, let’s get this out of the way right off the bat: TFN does not now nor has it ever had a position on immigration. What TFN does have a position on is the First Amendment and the freedom it gives anyone, regardless of immigration status, to practice the [...]

Posted in immigration, TFNEF | 9 Comments

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 [...]

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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