Whether on same-sex marriage, gay Boy Scouts, openly gay athletes or other issues, the right in 2013 remained obsessed with attacking civil and equal rights for LGBT people. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.

[Texas Gov. Sam Houston] made a powerful decision that cost him his governorship. He was against slavery, and he stood up and very passionately said ‘Texas does not need to leave the union over this issue of slavery.’ But that’s the type of principled leadership, that’s the type of courage that I hope people across the country [will show] on this issue of scouts and keeping the Boy Scouts the organization that it is today.

— Gov. Rick Perry, equating the policies against gay Boy Scouts’ to the stand against slavery.

Gays get a baby when they have sex. Nope, aids. #natural-law #txlege

— One tweet sent by Daniel Greer, founder of Texas conservative blog AgendaWise, attacking legislators and others with anti-gay slurs on one of his fake Twitter accounts.

So disgusting!… Read More

The right’s loathing for President Obama knows no bounds. The venom flows on everything from health care reform to the president’s alleged support for radical Islam. Five years into the current administration, anti-Obama derangement syndrome continued to rage throughout the political right in 2013. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.

It’s very clear to everyone but this administration that radical Islam is at war against us. I’m hoping either this administration will wake up, or a new one will come in at the next election before irreparable damage is done. This administration has so many Muslim Brotherhood members that have influence that they just are making wrong decisions for America.

–U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, accusing the Obama administration of aiding terrorists.

Obama is taking the US to war with Syria and Russia so he can support his friends from Al-Qaeda in Syria. — State Rep Steve Toth (@Toth_4_Texas) August 29, 2013

— Texas state Rep. Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands.

This is what happens when you have socialized education pushing particular viewpoints within the classroom. I know Americans are concerned about… Read More

The right’s campaign to end the mythical “war on Christmas” started early this year when the Texas Legislature passed an unnecessary bill telling students and teachers that they could do something the First Amendment already allowed — wish others Merry Christmas. The war on “Happy Holidays” went downhill from there. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.

Happy Holidays is What Liberals Say

— From a T-shirt being sold by the National Republican Congressional Committee, since removed.

Happy Holidays

— A message from Fox News during a commercial break for the network’s Bill O’Reilly show. In fact, during that very show, O’Reilly was decrying the mythical “war on Christmas” — including folks who say “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas.

You’re supposed to say Merry Christmas.

What a woman said before hitting a Salvation Army bell ringer who wished her “Happy Holidays.”

Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. Jesus was a white man, too. It’s like we have, he’s a historical figure that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to… Read More

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Right-wing politicians and activists continued in 2013 to stoke the flames of fear and hate, in some cases smearing all Muslims as radicals and suggesting they’re all a threat to America. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.

We know Al Qaeda has camps over with the drug cartels on the other side of the Mexican border. We know that people that are now being trained to come in and act like Hispanic [sic] when they are radical Islamists. We know these things are happening. It is just insane not to protect ourselves, to make sure that people come in as most people do … They want the freedoms we have.

— U.S. Rep. Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert, R-Texas, claiming that terrorists are being trained to “act” Hispanic.… Read More

With 2013 winding down, it’s  time for our annual review of what we heard from the far right over the past year. We’ll roll those out over the next week or so. Today we review some of the most outrageous things we heard as the right’s war on science and science education rambled on, especially during the adoption of science textbooks for Texas Public Schools.

Our intent, as far as theories with the [curriculum standards], was to teach all sides of scientific explanations…. But when I went on [to the CSCOPE website] last night, I couldn’t see anything that might be seen as another side to the theory of evolution. Every link, every lesson, everything, you know, was taught as ‘this is how the origin of life happened, this is what the fossil record proves,’ and all that’s fine, but that’s only one side.

— Chair of the Texas State Board of Education Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, testifying before the state Senate Education Committee.

The dietician actually has a degree in food science technology, and they have to take all kinds of science courses, I know, at colleges.

— Barbara Cargill again, responding to critics who say the official… Read More

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This was said by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. He is incapable of shame. #txlege twitter.com/Forrest4…