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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Common tactics within the anti-abortion movement include plenty of fear mongering and promoting of bunk science. If you can even call it science.

Take, for example, Carol Everett of the anti-abortion organization The Heidi Group. Everett was on Fox 7 Austin this week defending a move by Texas officials, with the support of Gov. Greg Abbott, to require abortion providers to cremate or bury fetal remains. The proposed rule is yet another unnecessary regulation promoted by politicians who want to shame women who seek an abortion and make the procedure more burdensome and expensive for providers.

Now Everett is absurdly suggesting that Texans risk contracting HIV or another sexually transmitted infection from their drinking water if the rule isn’t implemented:

It’s a theme. Here’s Everett, a couple of years ago, discussing other unnecessary regulations targeted at abortion care providers. She says that without the rules, it could be EBOLA! for everyone.

There will be a public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 4, on the proposed fetal remains burial and cremation rule. The Center for Reproductive Rights, which represented Whole Woman’s Health in its successful challenge of the Texas anti-abortion law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier… Read More

Robert Jeffress, the far-right pastor of a Dallas megachurch and a prominent supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, on Monday launched into a planned two-week attack on evolution -- and he pointed to the Texas Freedom Network and battles over science at the Texas State Board of Education. Read More

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Robert Jeffress, the Dallas religious-right leader, tweeted his praise of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump last night. Jeffress earlier this month argued, when talking about Trump, that it’s “biblical” to support a “strongman” in government.

Remember this in the months ahead.… Read More

On Monday, TFN joined with a numerous other Texas organizations to counter Mexican American Heritage, a proposed textbook for Texas public schools which Mexican-American studies scholars and experts have found to be deeply offensive, simplistic and rife with factual errors.

Take action: MASforTexas.org

So who wrote the textbook? And what qualifications do they have? While the text lists several authors and contributors, little is known about what qualifications or background in Mexican-American studies the named individuals may hold, if any at all. In fact, it is standard practice for textbook publishers to list authors’ expertise in a textbook, and Mexican American Heritage does not include that information.

Here is what we know about the owner of the company — Momentum Instruction — behind the book, and its authors.

CYNTHIA DUNBAR, CEO and owner of Momentum Instruction, and a contributor to the Mexican American Heritage textbook… Read More

You might have seen this ad by Empire State Development, which is New York's economic development agency. The intent of the ad is to lure business to set up shop in the state of New York. At roughly 50 seconds in, headlines float onto the screen, including one that says Gov. Greg Abbott is OK with discrimination against gay people by public officials. The implication is that discrimination is bad for business, and businesses thinking about locating in Texas should consider New York instead. Read More

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