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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The Party Platform Confirms It: Culture Warriors Still Control the Texas GOP

In case you didn't know, the religious right still has the Texas Republican Party firmly in its grip. Just check out the platform adopted at the party convention this month. You'll see all the confirmation you need. Read More

David Barton Makes the Misleading Case for Politicizing Houses of Worship

Religious-righters are upset that President Trump and congressional Republicans failed to repeal the so-called "Johnson Amendment" in last year's big tax bill. Last week David Barton, the prominent religious-right huckster and phony historian from Texas, tried again to make the case for getting churches and other houses of worship even more involved in partisan politics. Not surprisingly, he did so by mischaracterizing what the Johnson Amendment actually does. Read More

The Right’s Dark Vision for Texas

We're often reminded just how extreme the right is in Texas. On Monday, for example, the religious-right group Texas Values sent out a fundraising email suggesting that the Republican-controlled Texas House is a hotbed of "social justice" liberalism. That's laughable, but the right's dark vision for the future of Texas is frightening. Read More

Houston Anti-LGBT Leader Attacks Boy Scouts (Again)

Dave Welch, head of the rabidly anti-LGBT Houston Area Pastor Council, is spittle-spewing angry that the Boy Scouts of America is changing its name to Scouts BSA and allowing girls to join. Read More

It's time again for our annual review of the outrageous things we heard from the right over the past year. We'll kick off this year's series by looking at the religious right’s continued and deeply hypocritical embrace of President Donald Trump. Religious-right leaders talk about the president as if he were something of a savior, ordained by God to rule over us all. Question his authority? Take it up with God, they seem to say. And President Trump, of course, knows very well that conservative evangelicals are his political bread and butter. Read More

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