TFN Issues Statement on Texas House Endorsement of Discrimination

Update: The Texas Observer has a summary of the ramifications of this amendment.

We just issued the following statement regarding today’s passage in the Texas House of Representatives of an amendment authored by state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Ft. Worth, that would force the state’s colleges and universities to give their official approval to student organizations that discriminate.

“When given the choice between making Texas universities a place where all students are treated equally or requiring universities to endorse discrimination on campus, the Texas House voted to stand for discrimination,” TFN President Kathy Miller said. “Even as the rest of the country rushes forward to ensure equality under the law for all its citizens, the Texas House seems determined to find new and devious ways to undermine basic fairness in its public institutions.”

The 78-67 vote in favor of adding an amendment by state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Ft. Worth, to Senate Bill 215 was met by cheers and applause from some in the House. The measure would allow officially recognized student organizations that receive taxpayer-funded support to exclude certain students from membership, including discrimination based on sexual orientation.

5 thoughts on “TFN Issues Statement on Texas House Endorsement of Discrimination

  1. Just show that the Republcians are a bunch of people that don’t like anyone other than people just like them. What a bunch of unintelligent people.

  2. Churches rejecting people because they are perceived to be sinners? When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, all the church people thought that church was where the sinners most needed to be. Of course, those were real churches who modeled church life after the example Jesus in his own life, and they were not Christian fundamentalist and conservative evangelical churches sold out to the man-made religious doctrine of “separation from the world.” This doctrine is what you see playing out here. The fundies are absolutely convinced that the Holy Spirit is so pitiful and so weak in his power that just a single lunch with a sinful coworker who is not a fundie could be enough to bring the fundie ideological house of cards suddenly crashing down in their life and transport them to the edge oh Hell where God is always ready to filet and fry them. The thing they misunderstand, and they misunderstand very much overall, is that the Holy Spirit is all powerful. The fundie house of cards crashes so easily because He is not living in it.

  3. “Texas, our Texas, all hail the mighty state. Texas, our Texas so wonderful, so great…………..” I remember actually singing this in elementary school. No wonder kids don’t sing it now……

  4. this is all the legacy of the 2010 midterm elections…GOP state houses have been pursuing ideology rather than doing their jobs in serving their respective states…we are paying a heavy price for low turnout that year…