The Texas Supreme Court is set to determine if parents have a religious-freedom right to homeschool with no state oversight whatsoever. Michael and Laura McIntyre, who homeschooled their nine children after pulling them out of a local Christian school, claim the El Paso Independent School District violated their rights when it attempted to verify the children were being educated.
A self-appointed expert on sex and relationships won’t speak at an El Paso, Texas, high school – for now.
Jason Evert runs an outfit called Chastity Project. He is yet another in a seemingly endless parade of speakers who somehow manage to get themselves invited to public schools even though what they have to offer is thin at best and sometimes offensive.
A Texas judge is under fire for ordering a man to write a Bible verse and marry his girlfriend to avoid going to jail.
Smith County Judge Randall Lee Rogers ordered Josten Bundy to write a passage from the Book of Proverbs 25 times a day for two weeks as penalty for an assault charge. The verse, Proverbs 26:27, reads “If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it.”
Rogers also ordered Bundy to marry his girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes, within 30 days or face jail for punching her ex-boyfriend.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seems to have his sights set on being the next Religious Right martyr.
In a move that is as petty as it is mean spirited, Paxton recently asked a court not to recognize the common-law marriage of two women, one of whom is now deceased. The issue arose when Sonemaly Phrasavath, surviving wife of Stella Powell, made a claim to the inheritance that Powell left her when she died in 2014.
Texas public schools are in trouble. In 2011, lawmakers decided to slash $5 billion from the state’s education system. That action lead to a lawsuit, and with the matter now before the Texas Supreme Court, it seems the Religious Right senses an opportunity to grab some taxpayer dollars for its system of private Christian academies.
Now that marriage equality is officially on the books in the United States, the bills racked up by state officials who decided to listen to the Religious Right in defense of a lost cause are coming due. One of those debts is apparently pretty large, as a federal judge just ordered South Carolina to pay $135,000 in fees.
Some Religious Right operatives have said they would rather go to jail than accept marriage equality in the states. Although Texas’ attorney general has not yet made so bold a statement, he may nonetheless spend some time behind bars for his refusal to cooperate with the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage decision.
Yesterday Americans United launched Protect Thy Neighbor (PTN), our new project designed to respond to claims that “religious freedom” gives people a right to discriminate against others and take away their rights.