Today we begin our traditional review of the most offensive, ridiculous and otherwise outrageous quotes we heard from the right over the past 12 months. Demonizing and promoting discrimination against LGBT people is one of the overriding obsessions of the right in America today. That was even more true this year, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution protects the right of same-sex couples to marry and local and state governments debated whether to protect LGBT people from discrimination. Here’s some of what we heard from the right about LGBT people this year. We have so many quotes on this that we’ll have to follow up with a Part II posting. (Click here for posts on what we heard from the right in previous years.)

“The Bible says if you engage in homosexuality, your body will do things that will penalize you. So if you can have a vaccine for AIDS, then you’re keeping your body from penalizing you. I don’t think they’ll ever find a vaccine for AIDS.”

– Religious-right propagandist David Barton, arguing that God doesn’t want a vaccine for AIDS.

“Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and… Read More

Sometimes at the end of the year, the best thing you can say in review is, “It could’ve been worse.” And starting with the legislative session that kicked off 2015, it’s absolutely true – it could have been worse. But thanks to our more than 100,000 supporters and amazing partners, we kept a lot of the worst stuff from coming to pass in Texas.

Now we can take a breath and maybe even have a laugh – at the expense of some of the more embarrassing “leaders” in our state. Help us out: vote on the worst quote of 2015 and let’s crown the inaugural Claytie Award winner. (Click the link to find out why we named it the “Claytie Award.”)

From pure fantasy (“My goal is for everyone to be abstinent until they are married.”) to outright bigotry (“I don’t want homosexuals in our city. Send them back to San Francisco!”), there was no shortage of Texans running their mouths. Heck, it was pretty hard to just winnow this list down to a dirty dozen quotes.

Vote today for the worst quote of 2015 and let’s crown the Claytie Award winner. A “winner” will be… Read More

by Dan Quinn

On the first day of 2015, let’s check one last round of nonsense we heard from the right in 2014. Click here to read more quotes from the right in 2014.

“We are not going to do anything to distance ourselves from Ted Nugent. If we had concerns about some of the things that Mr. Nugent has said or done, we wouldn’t have reached out to him and asked him to become involved in our campaign on such a high level.”

— Todd Smith, spokesman for the campaign of Sid Miller, a Republican state legislator running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, addressing questions about racist and other deeply controversial statements the aging rocker Ted Nugent has made in the past. Nugent has, for example, called President Obama a “mongrel.” Republican Greg Abbott also campaigned with Nugent during his successful race for Texas governor.

“There was an incrementalism to what happened in Germany and other places historically, where they came in slowly. And I think that’s what Obamacare is, that’s what I think most of what he represents. The IRS — I really believe that what we see with the IRS can be compared accurately and historically… Read More

by Dan Quinn

Some of the crazy things we heard from the right this year defy categorization. So let’s just call these examples “potluck nuttery.” Click here to read more quotes from the right in 2014.

“The best gun lubricant around.”

— U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, saying he uses “liberal tears” to lubricate his gun. Stockman is leaving Congress after losing a race against Sen. John Cornyn in this year’s Republican primary.

“God wrote the 1st Castle Doctrine in Exodus 22:2. It says if a thief breaks into your home & you kill him you are not guilty. In 2007 we passed the Castle Doctrine (I was a Joint Author). Last Session I added you car so that ALL that applies to your home applies in your car too. This was the topic of my “God & Government Moment” in our Sunday School class. Next Sunday we will have another ‘God & Government’ moment!”

— Texas state Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, explaining her role in passing castle doctrine legislation in 2007.

“I’ve been a right-wing extremist and proud of it for a long time.”

— Former… Read More

You wanna hear paranoia at work? Ask a right-winger about immigration or Muslims. Here’s more of what we heard from the right this year. Click here to read more quotes from 2014.

“[These Central American] kids have scabies and influenza, viral pneumonia, leprosy. These kids are going to be part of the school system … They are bleeding Texas (Democrat) blue… What we don’t need is more people at the trough. These people are not coming in with a good, Christian heart. Most of them are criminals, anyway.”

– From a sampling of constituent feedback delivered to State Rep. David Simpson after Simpson called for compassion for undocumented children coming across the nation’s southern border.

“The cartels, and I’m convinced unfortunately, some in the Mexican government are helping them get into Texas. There’s no way they could make it that far.”

– Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, claiming that undocumented immigrant children from Central America are being helped by drug cartels and the Mexican government.

“When we see these kids, you and I think young kids, we think maybe 12-year-olds, maybe middle-schoolers, But we know back in our revolution,… Read More


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