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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Video: School Superintendents Educate Mary Lou Bruner

Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) candidate Mary Lou Bruner, R-Mineola, who at this point is best known for claiming President Obama as a young man was a drug user who worked as a gay prostitute to pay for his habit and numerous other incendiary statements, recently appeared at a meeting of several school superintendents in the SBOE district she hopes to represent.

While there, she gave a speech that was so full of inaccuracies that it appeared to have left the superintendents appalled at her lack of basic fact-checking and lack of knowledge of what was going on in their school districts. What Bruner got in return was an earful.

In one exchange, for example, when challenged by a superintendent, Bruner briefly insisted that she had better information than the superintendent because she had obtained it from a “citizen” living in the superintendent’s district.

At another point, in response to a question, Bruner claimed to have met with several superintendents in her SBOE district during her campaign, including the superintendent of the school district in her hometown of Mineola. That prompted the Mineola ISD superintendent to stand up and deny that the two had ever met… Read More

Texas state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, lost her re-election bid in the Republican primary on March 2, but she’s still reinforcing her reputation as one of the Legislature’s biggest Islamophobes. Wednesday night she posted on her official Facebook page a link to a video featuring Brigitte Gabriel, one of the most vicious anti-Muslim extremists in America today. In the video Gabriel supposedly “reveals how the Muslim Brotherhood plan for America.”

When a commenter points out that the video is hateful nonsense, White replies:

“Yes, I hate Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood and all terrorist organizations. I will fight for your freedom to be ignorant and hateful to your fellow Americans because I love America and everything she stands for even when her own turn against her.”

In further comments she defends her hatred of Islam and claims: “I know it, I have studied it, I have been briefed on it by experts.”

In Molly White’s twisted world, apparently, all of the world’s more than 1.6 billion Muslims are terrorists. And hating Muslims somehow demonstrates her “love” for America. Her love for America doesn’t seem to extend to America’s guarantee of religious freedom for… Read More

Has the Texas Attorney General’s Office Become a Tentacle of a Religious-Right Group?

It’s beginning to look like the Texas Attorney General’s Office is no longer working just for the people of Texas. Under Attorney General Ken Paxton, the office seems to be carrying water now for religious-right interest groups — especially the Plano-based litigation group First Liberty Institute, which rejects separation of church and state.

The El Paso Times reports that the AG’s office has filed a court brief supporting an El Paso pastor sued over his efforts to recall Mayor John Cook and two City Council members in 2011. The recall election effort came after the City Council passed (for a second time) an ordinance providing benefits to the domestic partners of city employees. Cook, who is no longer mayor, claims in his lawsuit that Bishop Tom Brown of Word of Life Church and others in a group called El Pasoans for Traditional Family Values violated the law in their campaign for the recall election. Brown is also the founder of Tom Brown Ministries, which has been designated as an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The El Paso Times has more details about the lawsuit’s allegations, but here’s the key thing: the AG’s office under Greg Abbott refused to intervene in the case in 2011. But… Read More

Bruner: Pre-K Programs Are Federal Plot to Make Children Gay

If you were disappointed that extremist Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) candidate Mary Lou Bruner had taken her Facebook profile private, therefore depriving you of a window into what she truly thinks, today's your lucky day. Read More

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who's fighting it out with Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination, can't understand why ESPN fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling for posting this on his Facebook page: Read More

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