It's time for our annual review of what we heard from the far right over the past year. We'll start with some of the nonsense uttered by members of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) in 2010. “One of the first real breaches of limited government was public education.” -- SBOE member Don McLeroy, R-College Station, in a debate with his election opponent Thomas Ratliff, R-Mount Pleasant, BurkaBlog, Texas Monthly, February 17, 2010 “I reject the notion by the left of a constitutional separation of church and state. I have $1,000 for the charity of your choice if you can find it in the Constitution.” -- SBOE member David Bradley, R-Beaumont Buna, New York Times, March 12, 2010 "Conservatives on our board are the only ones—the Christian conservatives—that are able to sit there and to think for themselves and say, well, wait. Is this really good policy? Should we just trust what’s being brought to us? Should we just rubber-stamp it?" -- Departing SBOE member Don McLeroy, speaking last week on a PBS program about the controversy over social studies curriculum standards in Texas, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, April 30, 2010…… Read More

We heard nuttiness in many forms throughout 2009, including the Texas governor flirting with secessionists and the lieutenant governor criticizing the president of the United States for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. And there was plenty of downright hatefulness. More quotes from 2009: "There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that." -- Gov. Rick Perry, discussing the possibility that Texas might secede from the United States, Dallas Morning News, April 16, 2009 "The flip side of Obama’s ‘empathy’ is apparent hatred and contempt for white people, traditional families, small business owners, evangelical Christians, conservatives, and everyone else that liberals call the ‘racist, heterosexist, nativist, Christianist, capitalist, homophobic power structure’ in America. In other words, what most of us call normal people. These radical leftists regard folks like you and me and our children as the enemy, and it’s their mission in life to put us in our supposed place, which to them means at the back of the bus. They’re in charge now, and they fully intend to use their power to remake America in their image. If…… Read More

The religious right's relentless demonization of gay and lesbian Americans got only worse in 2009. More quotes from the past year: “We believe to have ‘fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness’ for the sake of political expediency, or any other reason for that matter, is to offend a holy God, from whom the blessings bestowed upon this country flow. . . . For that reason, sir, the Grand Prairie Republican Club holds strong to our Christian heritage and will take no part in knowingly excepting [sic] or promoting any immorality (by attending or promoting your organization) that may hasten the death of the American Government." -- Cylynda Caviness, president of the Grand Prairie Republican Club near Dallas, in an e-mail responding to an invitation to attend a meeting of Log Cabin Republicans, an organization of gay and lesbian Republicans, Dallas Voice, March 12, 2009 "America is on the verge of destruction. You, beloved, are the hope." -- Rev. Rick Scarborough, head of the Lufkin (Texas)-based Vision America, preaching -- in typically apocalyptic form -- at a rally in Virginia about the dangers of loosening sexual mores. He warned that gay rights and hate crimes legislation could be used…… Read More

So what do religious-righters think about religious tolerance and keeping government separate from religion? More memorable quotes from 2009: "There is no dialogue, no common ground, no reaching across the aisle in this battle. We are not called to build bridges to Islam. We are called to storm the gates of hell — to defeat the false god of Islam with the unsheathed Word of God and to set people free from the monstrous tyranny and bondage of this religion birthed in the deepest pits of hell." -- The Rev. Flip Benham, director of the extremist group Operation Rescue/Operation Save America, writing about a planned gathering of American Muslims in the nation's capital on Friday, TFN Insider, September 24, 2009…… Read More

Today let's review some memorable quotes from this year on sex education. Check out previous The Year in Quotes posts here and here. "Men sexually are like microwaves and women are like crockpots." "If a woman is dry, the sperm will die. If a woman is wet, a baby she will get!" "You know people talk about you behind your back because you've had sex with so many people. It's so empty too. Finally, you get sick of it all and attempt suicide." "Girls, taking into consideration that guys are more easily sexually turned on by sight, you need to think long and hard about the way you dress and the way you come on to guys…If a guy is breathing, then he’s probably turned on…How can you tell a girl is an easy target for a guy?...By the clothes she wears… A girl who shows a lot of skin and dresses seductively fits into one of three categories: 1) She’s pretty ignorant when it comes to guys, and she has no clue what she’s doing. 2) She’s teasing her boyfriend which is extremely cruel to the poor guy! 3) She’s giving her boyfriend an open invitation saying, 'Here I am. Come take me.'" "Giving a condom to…… Read More


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