The religious right strategically uses religion and religious language, combined with patriotic symbols, to push a political agenda that has little connection to the values of mainstream people of faith. It is, in short, a political rather than religious movement. The Texas Freedom Network has monitored the religious right in Texas since 1995.

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How extreme are Steve Hotze and his Conservative Republicans of Texas hate group? Just take few minutes to scan through the group's website. It's a cesspool of extremism and open hate. As you read this summary of articles just from this week, remember that Hotze is one of the Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's key political allies. Then ask yourself: Why is one of the most powerful statewide elected officials in Texas associated with an extremist like Hotze? Read More

David Barton, the phony historian who heads the right-wing, North Texas-based organization WallBuilders, is pitching his theory for why we see floods, storms and other devastating weather. It's all those abortions: Read More

There is, sadly, a considerable list of divisive figures who have served on the State Board of Education. But even within that context, it's hard to name one who has been more divisive than David Bradley, R-BeaumontBuna. On Monday Bradley announced he would not seek re-election next year and will retire from the SBOE District 7 seat he's held since he was first elected in 1996. Read More

Yes, the Texas Anti-LGBT Bills Really Are About Hate and Discrimination

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick insists that SB 6 -- the so-called "bathroom bill" -- isn't about discriminating against transgender Texans. It is, of course. Patrick's own actions, and the actions of religious-right extremists he has brought in to help pass this discrimination bill, make that clear. Read More

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