Religious Freedom

The Texas Freedom Network supports the constitutional guarantee of the separation of church and state, which protects the right of all Americans to practice the faith of their choice, or none at all, free of government interference.

Unfortunately, efforts to knock down that wall are a constant in Texas. Politicians and activists continually work to impose their views on others, especially around issues like abortion and access to contraception. And in a distortion of the principle of religious freedom, far-right groups have supported legislative efforts to allow individuals to use religion as an excuse to ignore laws they might not like and even as a weapon to discriminate against others.

Resources

Prayer in Public Schools: A Primer (2001 report)

The Texas Faith-Based Initiative (2002 report)NDOP_Report_2005_Revised

A Report on The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (2005 report)

Reading, Writing & Religion: Teaching the Bible in Texas Public Schools (2006 report)

Reading, Writing & Religion II (2013 report)

Can This Class Be Saved? The ‘Hobby Lobby’ Public School Bible Curriculum (2014 report)

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee today heard testimony on yet another of the 17 proposed bills that would allow the use of religion to discriminate against LGBT Texans. But the bill is so broad that it would allow public officials to discriminate against virtually anyone. We just sent out the following press release: Read More

The fight over using religion to discriminate is heating up at the Texas Capitol. We just had a press conference with the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. Following is the press release we sent out. Read More

Statement in Response to Texas Capitol Press Conference by Anti-LGBT Group Touting Religious Refusals Bills Read More

Admitted Muslim-hater Molly White, a Belton Republican, failed to win reelection to the Texas House last year, but it seems like the Legislature will have at least one other anti-Muslim fanatic to replace her: freshman state Rep. Kyle Biedermann, R-Fredericksburg. Read More

As continue our review of the outrageous and offensive things we heard from the right in 2016, let's look at the some of the year's rhetoric involving anti-Muslim hysteria and religious freedom. You can check out previous posts from the Year in Quotes here. Read More

Tx Freedom Network

Rev. Griff Martin on SB 892: "May love win. May children have a home." bit.ly/2oBjg79 #txlege

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