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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Almost Everyone Condemns Trump’s Abortion Comments

Donald Trump drew fire yesterday, and is still drawing fire today, for his comments on abortion. During a town hall event on MSNBC, Trump told the network’s Chris Matthews that there “has to be some form of punishment” for women who obtain an abortion should the procedure ever become illegal.

Trump has since tried to take back those comments, but he nevertheless is being almost universally criticized. You’ll notice that last sentence says “almost.”

Here’s far-right Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress, explaining to the Dallas Morning News a tweet this morning that defended Trump.

“Let me put this in context: Conservative leaders are on TV condemning Trump because it’s politically expedient to do so: You never blame the woman, you paint her as a victim. That conservative orthodoxy has been born out of political expediency rather than logic. If you believe abortion is murder, it’s not outlandish to suggest the woman bears some culpability.”

Political expediency or not, Jeffress is almost alone on this one. Not even staunch abortion foe Ted Cruz nor most of the anti-abortion groups are willing to offer any sort of kind word about what Trump said, and are instead choosing to condemn… Read More

Texas Religious-Right Group’s Ridiculous Rant: Mickey Mouse Is Coming for Your Crosses

This is just plain Goofy. After Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's veto on Monday of a bill that would have encouraged individuals and businesses to use religion as cover to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, a Dopey religious-right group in Texas is warning that Disney could soon ban Christian crosses from its theme parks. Here's an excerpt from the Grumpy statement issued by Texas Values: Read More

Following the terrorist attack by Islamist extremists targeting Christians in Lahore, Pakistan, on Easter Sunday, we're seeing the usual attempts to make sweeping judgments of all Muslims. For example, Peggy Venable -- Texas policy director and senior states policy advisor for Americans for Prosperity, a right-wing public policy group founded and funded by billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch -- retweeted this vicious post attacking Islam: Read More

State Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, is one of the most strident culture warriors (and prolific tweeters) in the Texas Legislature. He also appears to be a really big fan of Antonin Scalia, the late Supreme Court justice. Check out his tweet today: Read More

Bruner Explains ‘President Obama Was a Gay Prostitute’ Remarks

Dallas-area radio station KERA has landed a new interview with controversial Texas State Board of Education candidate Mary Lou Bruner, in which she explains her accusation that President Obama paid for a drug habit by working as a gay prostitute.

Here comes the “logic”:

In one Facebook post, she said Obama once prostituted himself. It’s a logical conclusion, she says, since he admitted to smoking pot as a young man.

“If he’s on drugs, then how did he pay for them?” she says. “There’s two ways that people on welfare pay for drugs — they prostitute themselves or they steal.”

Bruner’s prostitution accusation is evolving. At first, Bruner explained, the president must have been a prostitute because his support of equal rights for LGBT people shows he has a “soft spot for homosexuals.” Now the explanation is that the president admitted to smoking marijuana, ergo he must have been a) on welfare, and b) there’s only two ways people on welfare pay for drugs, one of them being prostitution. At least she hasn’t accused the president of stealing … yet.

You can listen to the KERA story here, which includes Bruner explaining why she’s running for… Read More

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