Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Louisiana state Rep. Thomas Carmody, R-Shreveport, on a bill he filed that would make the Bible the official state book.
This is not about establishing an official religion.
Texas State Board of Education member Ruben Cortez, D-Brownsville, on a proposal to add an elective Mexican-American studies course in Texas public schools.
If we can inspire a child by teaching about Mexican-Americans’ struggles and difficulties, why wouldn’t we do that?
David Bradley, a Republican State Board of Education member from Beaumont who opposes the MAS course proposal, comparing his opposition to the course to Chavez’s boycott for better pay and working conditions.
I might pull a Cesar Chavez and call for a boycott.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, on an Arizona-style “right to discriminate” bill that recently passed in Mississippi.
We are so proud of Mississippi and what they’ve done.
TFN president Kathy Miller in a statement on last week’s State Board of Education meeting, where adding a Mexican-American Studies course is a main topic of discussion.
There are more than 200 elective courses in the state curriculum, including classes on topics like floral design and web gaming. Surely there is room for an elective course that teaches students how Mexican Americans have helped shaped our nation’s history.
Ben Stein, arguing that federal policies can’t address poverty, and that instead what’s needed is an end to the separation of church and state.
What will make the genuinely poor stop sabotaging themselves? Maybe, just maybe, if we let God back into the public forum it would help. I have seen spiritual solutions work miracles.
State Board of Education member Ruben Cortez on Wednesday’s tentative agreement to add instructional materials for Mexican-American, African-American, American Indian, and Asian-American studies for the 2016-17 school year.
This will be a big step forward in Texas and let every student know we value the accomplishments of historical figures from all ethnic groups.
Chick-fil-A CEO Don Cathy, pledging that the fast food chain won’t be inserting itself into LGBT issues in the future, adding: “I’m going to leave it to politicians and others to discuss social issues.”
All of us become more wise as time goes by. We sincerely care about all people.
Laura Jane Klug, A transgender substitute teacher in the Lumberton Independent School District, after being reinstated by the district. Klug had been suspended after some parents complained to the school board.
Hopefully this is going to be a really good learning moment for everybody involved.