How extreme are Steve Hotze and his Conservative Republicans of Texas hate group? Just take few minutes to scan through the group's website. It's a cesspool of extremism and open hate. As you read this summary of articles just from this week, remember that Hotze is one of the Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's key political allies. Then ask yourself: Why is one of the most powerful statewide elected officials in Texas associated with an extremist like Hotze? Read More

Houston-based Conservative Republicans of Texas, run by the rabidly anti-gay Steven Hotze, announced today a list of events stretching from August into the fall that will target “adversaries” who support LGBT equality and abortion rights:

“Christian, it’s time for us to stand up and fight to take back our government from the godless Secular Humanists, Pro-Abortionists and Political Homosexual Movement. We will trust God! We will take action! We will fight to restore our Constitutional liberties based upon Biblical truth!”

The email includes a Bible verse warning that God “will tread down our adversaries.”

The events are set for eight cities from August 13 to October 1: Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, Tyler, Lubbock, Corpus Christi and Waco. The list of sponsors is a virtual “who’s who” of religious-right groups, including the equally venomous Texas Values and Texas Pastor Council as well as phony historian David Barton of WallBuilders and disgraced former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Hotze declares in his incendiary email today:

“Christians must rise up, organize, oppose and defeat those individuals and groups who are committed to bringing sexual and moral anarchy to our society. …

We have a duty to protect our children and our grandchildren from the evil tide… Read More

Where to begin with Steven Hotze? The Houstonian and head of Conservative Republicans of Texas last made headlines a few weeks ago when he brought Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to the Texas Capitol for a rally in defense of this state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Hotze was back in Austin on Wednesday to appear before the Texas House Committee on State Affairs to speak in support of House Bill 4105 by state Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia. HB 4105 would prohibit state or local funds from being used to issue a same-sex marriage license or acknowledge a same-sex marriage in any other way — regardless of whether the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the ban on those unions in Texas.

During his testimony, Hotze, one of the most vicious anti-gay activists in all of Texas, got into a lengthy exchange with state Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston. Just in the four-minute clip you can hear above, Hotze:… Read More

Conservative Republicans for Texas, a political action committee run by a longtime religious-right activist in Houston, has released its list of endorsements for the March 4 Republican primary in Texas.  A mailer sent to Texas voters age 65 and older lists the group’s endorsements. Most of the names aren’t a surprise — especially when you see where CRT has gotten much of its money in this election cycle.

Steven Hotze, who runs CRT, is a Houston physician with a long history of religious-right and anti-gay activism. We won’t list all of his group’s favorite candidates. (Click here to see part of the group’s endorsement mailer: ConsRepOfTexasMailer_2.2014.) But one of the candidates the group endorses is Barry Smitherman, a member of the Texas Railroad Commission who is running to replace Greg Abbott as the state’s attorney general.

Smitherman has become known for his extremist positions on a host of issues. Last October, for example, he defended white supremacist and other extremist organizations identified as hate groups by the respected Southern Poverty Law Center. (Smitherman thought the SPLC was unfairly criticizing the groups, which he lumped in with what he called “patriot, mormon, and judeo-christian religious groups.”) 

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