by Ryan

Late Monday evening, the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee voted unanimously to pass House Bill 911 by Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, a statute that purports to bar Texas courts from applying “foreign laws,” but is really about responding the paranoid fears and biases of those who claim Sharia law is going to "take over the country" (as one of the bill's supporters testified in committee). To be clear, every single member of the committee (with one member absent) voted to pass this bill, despite the fact that no one is aware of any legitimate problems the bill will address. Read More

We warned you. Over the weekend we noted that Monday's scheduled hearing in the state House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee on HB 911 by Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, and HB 3027 by Rep. Randy Weber, R-Pearland,  had the potential to turn into a "Muslim hate-a-palooza." Sometimes we hate being right. Read More

by Dan Quinn

The more he says, the worse he sounds. Last spring at a Glenn Beck/Tea Party rally in his hometown, state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, called President Obama "God's punishment on us." Then recently Rep. Berman filed a bill in the Texas Legislature that would require a presidential candidate to submit an original birth certificate before qualifying for the ballot in the state. He justified the bill by calling into question whether President Obama is a native-born American citizen: “This bill is necessary because we have a president whom the American people don’t know whether he was born in Kenya or some other place.” Claims that President Obama isn't -- or hasn't proven that he is -- a natural-born citizen were debunked long, long ago. But the loony right won't let it go. Monday night Rep. Berman further embarrassed himself on Anderson Cooper's CNN news program, AC360, by repeating absurd claims about President Obama based essentially on deceitful rumors, Internet spam and ignorant blather from right-wing websites and crackpots. Talking Points Memo was watching: Read More

Political fire-breathing was center stage at "The Oil Palace" on Saturday in Tyler, the only Texas stop on FOX News show host Glenn Beck's traveling road show, his "Take America Back" tour. The event showed once again how religious-right rhetoric increasingly dominates the so-called "tea party movement." Beck and various Texas politicians provided plenty of that rhetoric. Read More

Texas Freedom Network

@SIECUS @kmillertfn @TXCapTonight This campaign for medically accurate, comprehensive and inclusive #SexEducation will stretch into next year when the TX State Board of Education is scheduled to make a decision. Find the TFN and SEICUS recs and ways to get involved at: tfn.org/sex-ed #TeachTheTruth pic.twitter.com/eoMv…