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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).

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 [...]

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 [...]

Posted in Bible in schools, Hobby Lobby, Steve Green, TFNEF | 1 Comment


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 [...]

Posted in Bible in schools, Hobby Lobby, Steve Green, TFNEF | 4 Comments


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, Houston Area Pastor Council, Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, LGBT issues, Michael Amador, TFN | 8 Comments