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The right’s loathing for President Obama knows no bounds. The venom flows on everything from health care reform to the president’s alleged support for radical Islam. Five years into the current administration, anti-Obama derangement syndrome continued to rage throughout the political right in 2013. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.

It’s very clear to everyone but this administration that radical Islam is at war against us. I’m hoping either this administration will wake up, or a new one will come in at the next election before irreparable damage is done. This administration has so many Muslim Brotherhood members that have influence that they just are making wrong decisions for America.

–U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, accusing the Obama administration of aiding terrorists.

Obama is taking the US to war with Syria and Russia so he can support his friends from Al-Qaeda in Syria. — State Rep Steve Toth (@Toth_4_Texas) August 29, 2013

— Texas state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands.

This is what happens when you have socialized education pushing particular viewpoints within the classroom. I know Americans are concerned about… Read More

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond. Read More

Don McLeroy and Cynthia Dunbar are coming to your home.

Relax. We don’t mean literally. No, we mean they’ll be there along with TFN in “The Revisionaries.” The critically-acclaimed and award-winning documentary that premiered in theaters last year is making its TV premiere Jan. 28, one week from today. And you also have a chance to help screen the director’s cut of the movie if you organize a group or represent an organization (more on that in a bit).

First, the TV details. “The Revisionaries” will premiere on TV, edited down for length as a one-hour film on PBS’ Independent Lens next Monday. For most people in Texas, the film will air at 9 p.m., but to be on the safe side and to verify on which channel, you should click here to check your local listings.

But if you would rather watch the full version, the director’s cut seen in theaters, TFN can make that happen. Please contact TFN’s outreach director Val Benavidez (val@tfn.org) if you would like to set up a screening of the full film in front of a group or an organization.

This film tells the story of the religious right’s culture… Read More

Last night’s State Board of Education elections marked another big step toward an end to the culture wars in Texas public school classrooms. With the defeat of incumbent Charlie Garza, R-El Paso, the state board’s faction of far-right ideologues should be smaller next year than at any time since before the 2006 elections.

Zooming out a bit, here’s the big picture that emerged from this year’s elections:

Garza lost to challenger Martha Dominguez, D-El Paso, after just two years on the state board. Educator Sue Melton of Waco defeated longtime incumbent Gail Lowe — a leading member of the board’s far-right faction and a former board chair — in the Republican primary this past spring. Longtime religious-right firebrand Terri Leo chose not to seek re-election after it became clear that she would face a very tough challenge in the GOP primary.

Add that to dramatic shifts on the board after the last election cycle in 2010:

Thomas Ratliff of Mount Pleasant knocked off former board chairman and arch-creationist Don McLeroy in the Republican primary. Cynthia Dunbar, one of the far right’s most divisive voices on the board, chose not to seek re-election that same year.

Consider… Read More

The culture wars at the Texas State Board of Education have been so intense that they made a movie about them.

Sadly, this isn’t fiction.

We’ve told you before about “The Revisionaries,” the feature documentary from Texas director Scott Thurman, but we’re happy to bring you news that TFN will be premiering the film in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Austin.

We’re also happy to bring you a new exclusive clip of the film. Our apologies in advance if this brings on some difficult PTSD-induced flashbacks. We’re fully aware of how absurd some of those social studies debates were and that some of you may not have fully recovered.

But first: the premiere details. We’re heading to Dallas to premiere the film at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre on Oct. 5, with a Q&A session with Thurman and TFN President Kathy Miller to follow the screening. Details for the SA, Houston and Austin premieres are being finalized but they’ll happen this fall.

If you’re interested in tickets and details on the other premieres, keep an eye on tfn.org/revisionaries.

And now here’s the exclusive clip, featuring TFN’s Miller and former SBOE member Cynthia Dunbar. Also featured: Questionable claims made about public… Read More