Category Archives for Liberty Institute

Awaiting History’s Judgment

Sadly, history often repeats itself, especially when it comes to discrimination. The debate over the Boy Scouts of America’s now-postponed decision about whether to end a blanket ban on gay scouts is just another example — and a number of Texas politicians have chosen to put their names clearly on the wrong side of history. […]

Also posted in civil and equal rights, LGBT issues, Texas Values, TFNEF
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Huckabee, Liberty Institute: Ignoring God Leads to Mass Shootings Like in Connecticut

It didn’t take long for religious-righters to use the horrifying tragedy in Connecticut last week as another opportunity to bash America for supposedly ignoring God. Today, for example, a Texas-based group with too many names — Liberty Institute presently, formerly Free Market Foundation, and now with a special offshoot called Texas Values — proclaimed its […]

Also posted in church and state, Mike Huckabee, religious freedom, TFNEF
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Religious-Righters Howl Over Benefits for Domestic Partners in Austin-Area School District

UPDATE: The Pflugerville ISD Board of Trustees refused Thursday night to rescind a new policy providing access to health insurance benefits for unmarried domestic partners of district employees. After hearing public testimony, the board voted 5-1 to uphold the policy. It goes into effect on January 1. From an Austin American-Statesman report: “We’ve worked really […]

Also posted in Jonathan Saenz, LGBT issues, Texas Pastor Council, Texas Values, TFNEF
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Liberty Institute/Texas Values Caught Misleading Again, This Time on Proposed Adoption Bill

Free Market Foundation Liberty Institute Texas Values, a far-right group from Plano that opposes separation of church and state and equal rights for gay families, has been caught — again — playing loose with the facts. In a television interview on November 19, Jonathan Saenz — the lawyer/lobbyist who heads Texas Values — claimed that […]

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More Nonsense from Abstinence-Only Fanatics: ‘Drug-Based Sex Ed’

Abstinence-only activists are increasingly concerned that more and more school districts in Texas are moving to sex education policies that include medically accurate information on condoms and other forms of contraception and STD prevention. Their latest worry: Round Rock Independent School District just north of Austin. The lawyer/lobbyist for Free Market Foundation Liberty Institute Texas […]

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The Law Applies to Me, But Not to Thee?

Liberty Institute/Texas Values, the lawsuit-happy Texas affiliate of Focus on the Family, has now decided to harass election workers and officials in Williamson County just north of Austin. The workers’ offense? Enforcing state laws barring electioneering and trying to influence voters within 100 feet of a polling location. The religious-right group claims that a woman’s […]

Also posted in 2012 Elections, TFNEF
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More Anti-Sex Ed Lies from Activists for Failed Abstinence-only Programs in Texas

When Texas lawmakers have considered legislation promoting comprehensive, evidence-based sex education, religious-right groups have shamefully screamed that such classes will promote “recreational gay sex” and “drug-based sex education.” Unfortunately, those deeply dishonest arguments have been enough — so far — to scare legislators away from making responsible changes to sex education policies in a state […]

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Feel the Hate — Then Join TFN to Fight Back

Check out how Liberty Institute — the Texas affiliate of Focus on the Family — is describing State Board of Education member George Clayton. Clayton, a Republican from the Dallas area, lost his re-election bid Tuesday in the GOP primary. The sneering contempt is almost palpable: In the North Texas area, incumbent SBOE member George […]

Also posted in 2012 Texas SBOE elections, George Clayton, LGBT issues, TFN
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RR Freak Out over Obama Support for Marriage Equality

President Obama’s declaration Wednesday that he supports marriage equality for same-sex couples has religious-righters practically foaming at the mouth. Here are just a few of the comments from right-wing extremists in Texas. Dave Welch of the Houston Area Pastor Council says the president is an enemy of God: “When marriage is everything, marriage is nothing. […]

Also posted in Dave Welch, Dwight McKissic, LGBT issues, marriage, Steve Riggle, TFNEF
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Testing a Conspiracy Theory

Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott raised eyebrows last month when he and State Board of Education members engaged in a discussion of the intense focus on testing students. Scott, an appointee of Gov. Rick Perry, called the overemphasis on testing at the state and local level a “perversion” of what accountability proponents had intended. You […]

Also posted in Cathie Adams, Kelly Shackelford, Texas Eagle Forum
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