It’s time for the Texas Freedom Network’s review of the nonsense we heard from the far right this year. We’ll take up a different subject each day. Today: The right’s war on science — especially on climate science and the teaching of evolution — roared onward in 2014.  Click here to read quotes from the right in previous years. Let’s get started:

“When it comes to creationism, not only should it be taught, it should be triumphed. It should be heralded.”

— State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, expressing his support for teaching creationism in the state’s public schools during a debate with his Republican opponents in the race for Texas lieutenant governor. His GOP opponents also said they supported teaching creationism in public schools. Patrick won the election and will take office as lieutenant governor in January.

“I was not following this issue previously until a mom down in Corpus Christi showed me a a lesson plan that said ‘Fossil fuels are bad because …’ and then you filled in the blank. And the child filled in ‘because they pollute and are not renewable’ and that was the right answer! And as I delved… Read More

by Dan Quinn

The last post of our 2013 in Quotes series. We were tempted to call this the Rafael Cruz edition in honor of the father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.

You know, the Bible is so clear. Go to Genesis chapter nine and you will find the death penalty clearly stated in Genesis chapter nine … God ordains the death penalty!

— Rafael Cruz, father of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, speaking in a lecture laying out God’s positions on the death penalty and other issues.

Well, the same thing is true of the black population.

— Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz, from a speech in which he said Hispanics are uninformed and have been deceived.

Of course, this leads us, when there are no moral absolutes leads us to sexual immorality, leads us to sexual abuse, leads us to perversion and, of course, no hope. No hope!

— From a Rafael Cruz speech in which he said that atheism leads to sexual abuse of children.

Political correctness is killing us. It is killing us. I speak to pastors all… Read More

by Dan Quinn

Some of what we heard (and saw) from the right in 2013 defies categorization. Some of it was just plain weird. So let’s end our annual summary of quotes with some potluck nuttery. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.

— An online ad from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, which includes pictures of a semi-automatic pistol and a well-thumbed Bible.

We win. You know why we win? Because we’re on God’s side and we’re the only side having babies.

— Carol Everett, at a rally sponsored by anti-abortion groups at the Texas Capitol.

One thing that requires ongoing vigilance is the reality that the state of Texas is coming under a new assault, an assault far more dangerous than what the leader of North Korea threatened when he said he was going to add Austin, Texas, as one of the recipients of his nuclear weapons. The threat that we’re getting is the threat from the Obama administration and his political machine.

— Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, on Democratic efforts to turn Texas blue.

Jeff, thanks for your support.

— Texas Attorney General… Read More

by Dan Quinn

Politicians and activists on the right in 2013 continued to have a problem with constitutional protections for separation of church and state, whether in public school Bible classes or in other government policies. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.

There is no separation of church and state.

— — Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaking at a Celebrate America event at a Baptist church north of Houston in Conroe.

Show me where that’s in the Constitution, because it’s not in the Constitution.

— Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, at a debate for Republican candidates for lieutenant governor in 2014, insisting that separation of church and state is not protected by the U.S. Constitution.

These courses get criticized by people who are concerned about political correctness.

— Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, defending public school courses about the Bible following the release of a Texas Freedom Network Education Fund report that showed many such courses are devotional instead of academic and essentially turn public school classrooms into Sunday school classrooms that promote the religious beliefs of the teachers and biased instructional… Read More

by Dan Quinn

As the war on women’s health care raged in Texas in 2013, we heard a lot from the right on abortion and sex education — much of it crude and incredibly offensive. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.

My wife worked at a home for unwed moms, and one of the little kids that was born, his name is David. David came about as a result of his mom and dad, who were just 16 at the time, going to a Planned Parenthood deal where they taught them how to use contraceptives. They were not sexually active at that point. They got into the car, and they were so hot and bothered from this deal, he couldn’t even get the condom on.

— Texas state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, using an absurd anecdote to argue against sex education.

People want to marry a virgin, just like they want a virgin toothbrush or stick of gum.

— From an abstinence-only sex ed program used in the Canyon Independent School District in the Texas Panhandle, comparing non-virgins to used toothbrushes and chewed gum.

There is no question in my mind… Read More


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