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Texas Lawmaker: Discrimination Is Over, End Protections for Women and Minorities

The religious right rallied anti-equality activists to a Plano City Council hearing on Monday, in what was ultimately an unsuccessful attempt to persuade city leaders to table a proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the city’s existing non-discrimination ordinance. The proposal passed by a 5-3 vote. But before the vote, Collin County […]

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Ninety-Year-Old Glenn Beck Declares Death of Religious Freedom

On a related note, I have volunteered to have a makeup artist make me look one month older so I can speak to you from this December and warn you that Glenn Beck’s year-end show was ridiculous. From Right Wing Watch: On his radio broadcast today, Glenn Beck mentioned that he is bringing in a […]

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Some Things Never Change (UPDATED) (SECOND UPDATE)

Actually, things change all the time. It’s the religious right that never, ever changes. 2002 (Click image to enlarge) 2014 (Click image to enlarge) (h/t Equality Texas) UPDATE TFN has issued the following statement in response to the anti-gay mailer in the District 10 Texas Senate race. TFN PRESIDENT CONDEMNS HATEFUL MAILER IN NORTH TEXAS […]

Posted in 2014 Elections, LGBT issues, religious right | 2 Comments


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 […]

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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 […]

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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).

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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