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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This is hardly a coincidence. The State Affairs Committee of the Texas Senate has scheduled a public hearing for Senate Bill 6, the transgender discrimination bill, on the same day that a parade of prominent anti-LGBT speakers will join Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton at a so-called "Pastors' Briefing" at the Texas Capitol. Read More

Texas Textbook Warrior Fired from Anti-Muslim Extremist Group Because He Was Too Extreme

The anti-Muslim organization ACT! for America has fired the head of its San Antonio chapter apparently for -- get this -- being too extreme. And the guy who got canned, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Roy White, is very familiar to us as TFN. Read More

The highest Republican elected officials in Texas have now officially joined the appalling campaign to use state and local governments to discriminate against legally married same-sex couples. Let's be clear: this is nothing more than a shameful effort to validate the hatred of religious-righters for LGBT Texans and their families. Read More

Watching religious-righters twist themselves into knots in an effort to explain their support for Donald Trump has been a fascinating experience. Consider, for example, the experience of state Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano. Read More

Dallas Religious-Right Leader, Prominent Trump Supporter Says Right to Privacy Is Imaginary, Invented

Robert Jeffress, the far-right pastor of a Dallas megachurch and a prominent religious-right supporter of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, is arguing that the Constitution doesn't protect a right to privacy for Americans. In one of his "Daily Devotion" emails sent to followers last week, Jeffress attacks Supreme Court justices for supposedly "inventing" that right: Read More

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