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If Gov. Abbott Really Supports Religious Freedom, Why Is He Bullying Faith-based Organizations?

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claims to support religious freedom, but it seems that’s the case only if religious organizations obey his political demands. If they don’t, the governor will have state officials threaten them. Politicians have been attacking the Obama administration’s efforts to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States. Those politicians say that Muslim extremists might be among the […]

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SBOE Sends a Message: Texas Doesn’t Need Any Stinkin’ Qualifications for Our Textbook Reviewers!

Today the State Board of Education, yet again, made Texas look like an education backwater. Just two days ago the board refused to add special fact-check panels made up of university academics to the process for adopting textbooks in Texas. Today they refused to require that a majority of citizen textbook reviewers have even basic qualifications — like […]

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Texas SBOE Refuses to Tighten Process for Ensuring Accuracy in Textbooks

The Texas State Board of Education, meeting in Austin today, rejected a common-sense proposal to keep errors out of public school textbooks. TFN issued the following press release: Board Votes 8-7 to Reject Establishing Scholar Panels for Reviewing Proposed Textbooks for Factual Errors Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller had the following statement today following […]

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Research: At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Attempted to Self-Induce Abortion

As lawmakers make it increasingly difficult for women to access safe, legal abortion care in the state, today researchers with the independent Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) released information showing that at least 100,000 Texas women have attempted to self-induce an abortion. TxPEP’s study briefs are available here and here. Following is today’s press release from TxPEP: AUSTIN (November […]

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Engaging Religious Difference

We asked Tiffany Tuett, founder and director of the Institute for Diversity and Civic Life, to write a blog post about a special workshop next week in Austin about how religious leaders and activists from diverse faith communities can work together despite religious differences. *** Community leaders and activists working across religious difference want to mobilize the […]

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Truth a Casualty in Attacks on Dallas Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Fresh off a vote last week in Houston to repeal a sweeping nondiscrimination ordinance, religious-righters and cynical politicians have turned their guns on a similar 13-year-old ordinance in Dallas. And once again they’ve decided that the truth won’t be an obstacle. Back in 2002, the Dallas City Council added to the City Code an ordinance barring discrimination based on, among […]

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Ted Cruz Cozies Up to ‘Kill the Gays’ Pastor

It seems that the Republican Party has become so venomously hostile toward LGBT people that the party’s presidential candidates can attend — apparently without consequence — events at which speakers insist that gay people should be put to death. Ted Cruz, a presidential candidate as well as GOP senator from Texas, attended such an event in Iowa last week along […]

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Jared “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms” Woodfill Defends Guy in Bathroom Full of Women

Jared Woodfill, the former head of the Harris County Republican Party and one of the activists who led the charge against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), doesn’t want men in women’s bathrooms. Except if those men are giving him money. Then it’s apparently all cool. Via the Houston Press: Ten years ago, at a pool […]

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Just How Extreme Are They?

Bradlee Dean, an anti-gay extremist, blogger, Christian rocker and founder of a Minnesota-based “youth ministry,” hates President Obama. That’s par for the course when it comes to religious-righters today. But this week his hatred has morphed into an even more sinister paranoia about Obama and the U.S. military. In a blog post published on Sunday, Dean asks ominously […]

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Cathie Adams Compares Supreme Court’s Freedom to Marry Ruling to Infamous Dred Scott Case

Cathie Adams, president of the far-right Texas Eagle Forum, is still ripping mad that gay people who love each other can get married. In Texas Eagle Forum’s October newsletter, Adams even argues that the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of the freedom to marry this past June was as wrong as the court’s 1973 abortion decision and […]

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