Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
“The Texas school finance system is broken, but our schools are not broken. Imagine what teachers and school officials could do for our kids if we actually provided our schools with the resources they need to help students thrive in the 21st century.”
“Religious liberty has never meant the right to impose our beliefs on others. Nor does it give us the right to refuse to obey laws on so called ‘religious principle.’ And it certainly does not mean the right to hurt people because we dislike them or are offended by who they are or whom they love. That is discrimination, not religious freedom.”
A question by state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, and the response from an unidentified Texas House member during Schaefer’s attempt to add the SB 6 “bathroom bill” language as an amendment to an unrelated bill.
“Is there a standard that we could understand to know when the chair is going to allow a member to lay an amendment out and when they’re not?”
“When they’re not crazy!”
“These religious refusal bills radically redefine a fundamental right by allowing religion as a justification to discriminate or refuse to obey laws you don’t like.”
“The initiative is not a repeal. It’s doubling down on the discrimination that HB2 exacts — it’s HB2.0. It doesn’t allow municipalities to protect people from discrimination till 2020.”