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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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

What is it with the American right's love affair with Vladimir Putin's Russia these days? Tom Pauken, who served as chair of the Texas Republican Party in the 1990s and currently supports Donald Trump for president, tweeted this morning that Russia is "returning to its Christian roots" while the United States is "going in the opposite direction." Read More

David Barton Promotes His Discredited Jefferson Book as a ‘Must Read’ for 2016. Seriously.

David Barton, the pseudo-historian and head of the Texas-based, religious-right organization WallBuilders, is still promoting his discredited book about Thomas Jefferson. A Wednesday post on his Facebook page declares: "David Barton's 'The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson' is the must read book of 2016! ... This new paperback edition of The Jefferson Lies re-documents Barton's research and conclusions as sound and his premises true." Read More

Will Texas Schools Use Squirrels to Teach Sex Education?

Are Texas public school students going to learn that using contraception is as "unnatural" as underwater, tap-dancing squirrels? The state sure seems to be inviting that kind of nonsense into its Abstinence Education Program. Read More

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