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The Debate Over Darwin Refuses to Evolve in Texas

We’ve had too many battles, and probably more to come, over the teaching of evolution in public school classrooms here in Texas. And while we’re glad to say that TFN and its partners have had quite a bit of success standing up for science in recent years, we’re also sorry to say that we keep hearing the same old arguments from anti-science activists, some of whom have the power to actually influnece what your children are taught in school. So, in honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday, here are just three of some of the most absurd arguments we’ve heard leveled against Darwin’s game-changing theory of evolution. 1. Where are the cat-dogs and rat-cats? Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, is one of the most ardently anti-science Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) members. In 2011 he appeared on a Tea Party radio show and wondered — out-loud no less — that if evolution is so true than where are the cat-dogs or the rat-cats? 2. The Dahmer letter Donna Garner is a Texas activist that, believe it or not, some SBOE member have relied on for advice. Still one of the all-time top TFN blog posts, … Read More

Louie ‘Terror Babies’ Gohmert Blames It All on Undocumented Immigrants. Shocking. (Not.)

It seems East Texas Congressman Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert, R-Tyler, thinks he knows why government spends so much money: it’s all those damn brown people who keep coming across the border without papers. Speaking on the Fox News program Varney & Co. this morning, Gohmert had this to say about government spending: .@replouiegohmert: “As far as the budget, you can’t control the budget when you are bringing in people increasing the spending and crime.” — Varney & Co. (@Varneyco) February 12, 2016 “As far as the budget, you can’t control the budget when you are bringing in people increasing the spending and crime.” Never mind, of course, that Rep. Gohmert is promoting myths. In fact, undocumented immigrants pay billions of dollars in taxes each year while not qualifying for public benefits like welfare and food stamps and don’t have access to Social Security or health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). And even the conservative CATO Institute has pointed out studies that show undocumented immigrants are actually less likely to engage in criminal activity than other people. But don’t tell Rep. Gohmert. He’s too busy bashing immigrants so he can make a bogus … Read More

So Is Ted Cruz Running for President or Priest?

Here is Heidi Cruz on Wednesday, putting husband Ted Cruz’s race for president in, well, godly terms: “When I thought about doing it for our country, it became very clear to me that our family must be in this race. We are at a cultural crossroads in our country, and if we can be in this race to show this country the face of the God that we serve—this Christian God that we serve is the foundation of our country. Our country was built on Judeo-Christian values. We are a nation of freedom of religion, but the God of Christianity is the God of freedom, of individual liberty, of choice and of consequence.” So her family is selflessly showing the country “the face of God”? They think highly of themselves, don’t they? It also seems clear that both Cruzes suffer from a fundamental misunderstanding of what religious liberty really means. Their conception is strikingly different from how the nation’s founders saw that freedom. The audio clip of Heidi Cruz’s comments is available at Read More

It’s Past Time to End the Silence about Your Offensive ‘Blood Brother,’ Gov. Abbott

Ted Nugent, the aging right-wing rocker who prominently campaigned with Greg Abbott and calls the Texas governor a “blood brother,” is getting a heap of criticism for a vicious Facebook post on Monday. Nugent’s post, which includes an image apparently used on anti-Semitic websites, calls prominent Jewish Americans “punks” and claims that they “hate freedom” because they support gun safety laws. Nugent’s post includes photos of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer among others, each photo stamped with an Israeli flag. Nugent’s accompanying rant: “Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down!” The New York Daily News criticized Nugent’s “wacko” post, calling it “an anti-Semitic message … charging that Jews are trying to take away his precious guns.” The Anti-Defamation League has called on Nugent to remove the image, which it says has appeared on anti-Semitic websites in the past. Other critics made their own objections clear in … Read More

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