Texas Group: Religious War Coming to America

by Dan Quinn

Tonight at an event featuring the embattled Texas attorney general, a senior counsel for a prominent religious-right group warned that religious war is coming to America. Here’s a tweet from Houston Chronicle reporter Lauren McGaughy, who is covering the event:

Dys predicting literal war btwn adherents to Judeo-Christian values and their enemies. Tells believers to “religify”

McGaughy is referring to Jeremy Dys, a senior counsel for Liberty Institute, a Plano-based group that claims its mission is “to defend and restore religious liberty across America.” A subsequent tweet from McGaughy quotes Dys as saying that “we have suddenly set up for all of us a clash of worldviews.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is under indictment in Texas for securities fraud, spoke after Dys. The event — “The Texas Response: Pastors, Marriage, & Religious Freedom!” — is sponsored by Texas Values, the Austin-based lobby group spinoff of the Liberty Institute. It’s unclear at this point whether Paxton repudiated the prediction of religious warfare coming to America. But Paxton echoed the paranoia of religious-righters worried that they face increasing persecution. Here are two Paxton quotes reported in other McGaughy tweets:

“We don’t have to passively accept the (slow) marginalization of our faith.”

“We’re seeing far too many examples of tyranny in our country lately.”

Paxton has encouraged official resistance to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June in favor of the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples. But he has had to back away — in his official actions, at least — in the face of possible contempt charges from a federal judge.