On Sunday Texas Gov. Rick Perry compared efforts to keep the ban on gay Boy Scouts to efforts by Sam Houston to oppose slavery and secession just before the Civil War. From our friends at Right Wing Watch:

Gov. Perry, speaking at a “Stand with the Scouts Sunday” webcast sponsored by the Family Research Council (which the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as a hate group), had this to say about Sam Houston:

“That’s the type of principled leadership, that’s the type of courage that I hope that people across this country, on this issue of scouts and keeping the Boy Scouts the organization that it is today. Because it is serving young men and women. And if we change and become more like pop culture, young men will be not as well served, America will not be as well served, and Boy Scouts will start on a decline that I don’t think will serve this country well as we go into the future.”

Gov. Perry clearly sees no downside to demonizing gay people. Now he’s comparing opposing slavery to opposing gay Boy Scouts. That’s not “principled leadership.” That’s demagoguery.… Read More

You couldn’t be blamed if up to now you looked at this CSCOPE hubbub and dismissed it as mostly just a case of a few fringe loons with Internet connections talking to each other. In fact, the most prominent individual — at least as far as electeds go — up to this point to engage in the CSCOPE hysterics is Texas Senate Education Committee chair Dan Patrick, R-Houston. No surprise there.

That is until Gov. Rick Perry went on Glenn Beck’s radio program Tuesday. There, Perry didn’t fully jump into the faux controversy over CSCOPE, but he also did nothing to disabuse Beck of the conspiracy theories that have been tossed at this curriculum system developed by state-created entities.

Said Beck (video below; CSCOPE exchange begins approximately at 3:00 mark):

“You stood up to Common Core here, which is deadly, deadly to the republic. And then, we happen to get a back door thing called CSCOPE. Could you explain a little bit about why these things are so insidious and what people need to understand? Because it seems to me it is a back door to cut off all rights to parents and to states on anything that has to… Read More

A national organization that focuses on recruiting conservative evangelical pastors and their churches into partisan political warfare is gearing up for the 2014 midterm elections, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be a speaker at one of its first events this year.

A report from the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) provides a broad overview of the American Renewal Project’s plans over the next two years. Those plans includes voter registration drives and a series of “pastor policy briefings” in 12 states. The briefings follow the model of the Texas Restoration Project, which in 2005 hosted six such “briefings” for thousands of pastors and their spouses in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Gov. Perry was the featured speaker at each of those events, all held the year before the governor ran for re-election. The Texas Freedom Network later discovered that the events — including venue rentals as well as food and lodging for pastors — were secretly bankrolled by major Perry campaign donors, including voucher sugar daddy James Leininger of San Antonio.

The CBN article reveals that the American Renewal Project is housed within the right-wing American Family Association (AFA). Gov. Perry asked AFA… Read More

“I think if Mitt Romney loses this election that the pro-family leaders in the United States should get together with Rick Perry on Nov. 7 and start planning for 2016.”

— Bryan Fischer, a spokesperson for the American Family Association, speaking to Talking Points Memo on Friday. The AFA — which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as a hate group — organized Gov. Perry’s Houston prayer extravaganza in August 2011, just before he announced his disastrous presidential bid.… Read More

by Jose Medina

Today is the one year anniversary of Gov. Rick Perry’s Presidential Campaign vs. Science.

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