Cathie Adams, head of the far-right Texas Eagle Forum, is in Ohio with other conservative evangelical activists to help get Republican voters to the polls in Tuesday’s presidential election. But in her parallel universe, in which democracy apparently is a one-way street, activists working to get out the vote among Democrats are little more than “thugs.”

“After 2 days, I am more exhilarated than before I came. Please pray that God will render the union thug efforts null and void. “… Read More

Texas Eagle Forum’s leaders like to pretend that they champion traditional family values and good Christian morals. But the state affiliate of Phyllis Schlafly’s right-wing outfit has no problem smearing entire classes of people with falsehoods and distortions. Gay people are often among their biggest targets. But the October edition of the group’s newsletter, The Torch, includes a good example of how TEF also targets undocumented immigrants. The piece was written by the co-founder of The Remembrance Project, a Houston-based anti-immigration organization. She also leads the Houston Eagle Forum chapter.

Illegal immigration is a problem in America, but demonizing undocumented immigrants as murderers and monsters is appalling. Yet that’s what the Torch article does. The article bizarrely declares that “the racism perpetrated by illegal invaders upon Americans of all ethnic backgrounds is real.” It also includes this:

“It is estimated that 25 Americans or legal residents die each day at the hands of illegal aliens. We must demand justice for American citizens, not ‘social justice’ for illegals.”

That would be a horrifying statistic — if it were true. But according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the stat is a made-up number from a six-year-old Internet… Read More

Will we soon be hearing cries of betrayal from religious-righters who have been warning that Muslims are using charter schools to indoctrinate Texas kids?

Campaign finance reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission show that David Bradley, a leader of the creationist faction on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), received three late contributions in May to his re-election campaign from people associated with charters schools that religious-right groups claim promote radical Islam.

The contributions, which totaled $3,700, came from the chief operating officer of Harmony Public Schools, a principal at one of the Harmony schools in the Houston area and a Houston board member for an organization said to be associated with a major financial backer of those charter schools.

Groups like Texas Eagle Forum have claimed that Harmony financial backer — a wealthy Turkish Muslim man  named Fethullah Gulen who lives in Pennsylvania — is using the charter schools to indoctrinate American students in Turkish and Muslim culture. Insisting that the so-called “Gulen movement” is a radical threat to America, they almost succeeded in holding up approval of a state budget in 2011 when some legislators promoted their arguments that “Gulen schools” (Harmony)… Read More

Cathie Adams, president of the right-wing Texas Eagle Forum, is upset about a website attacking her favorite candidate in this year’s campaign in Texas for the U.S. Senate. Responding to a post about the anti-Ted Cruz website (created by Cruz opponent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s campaign), Adams tweeted:

That is a SICK website. I DISLIKE political DISTORTIONS aimed at destroying the worthy credibility of candidates.

Really, Cathie?

Just a few days before that post, Adams tweeted a quote from a Fox News contributor declaring that “I think the president is dangerously close to totalitarianism.” Last week she tweeted this headline from a Phyllis Schlafly essay: “Obama Is a Big-Time Law Violator.” Cathie has also questioned President Obama’s Christian faith, attacked former Texas Gov. Ann Richards as an “anti-religious bigot” who wasn’t “ladylike,” compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler, and implied that Bill and Hillary Clinton were somehow involved in the murder of former aides and friends.

Now she’s upset with “political distortions aimed at destroying the worthy credibility of candidates”? Oh please. Cry us a river.… Read More

The Texas Eagle Forum strolled into the wrong committee hearing last month (video below).

It was on Feb. 17 when the Texas House Committee on Public Education met in Austin to take up interim charges at a hearing on charter schools. Speaking at the hearing, TEF Vice President MerryLynn Gerstenschlager asked lawmakers to pass legislation requiring charter school operators to be U.S. citizens.

Why? Fethullah Gulen.

We’ve seen this song and dance before. When your goal is to stoke irrational fears, it’s always best to have a bogeyman you can point to. And for a few years now, far-right pressure groups like TEF have settled on Gulen and Harmony Charter Schools.

It goes like this: Fethullah Gulen, who is a billionaire Turkish Muslim living in Pennsylvania, funds numerous charter schools across the country — including some in Texas — under the name of Harmony Charter Schools. Ergo: Muslim+schools+children=Indoctrination. At least, that’s the way TEF sees it.

But to hear TEF tell it, the problem is not that Gulen is Muslim. Says Gerstenschlager:

“There is an emphasis on Turkish culture. And that is fine. But it seems to be a common thread throughout these schools. And I wonder if they spend… Read More