A crony of Religious Right pseudo-historian David Barton will not be joining the Texas Supreme Court.
Rick Green, a former Texas state representative and “Christian nation” advocate, narrowly lost his bid for the bench earlier this week to state Supreme Court incumbent Paul Green (no relation). This is at least the second time Rick Green has run unsuccessfully for the positon.
by David F. Prindle
It is no sudden revelation that politicians often speak with forked tongues. But in a democracy, where the people’s vote determines the course of government, citizens have to be able to separate at least some of the truth from the deceitful blather that passes for much of public discourse, or we are headed down the road to injustice and poverty. In my classes at the University of Texas, I try to teach my students how to avoid being fooled by politicians who employ the arts of rhetoric, illogic, propaganda and lies.
On Oct. 22, Texas health investigators raided Planned Parenthood clinics across the state. Representatives of the Texas Office of the Inspector General demanded patient and billing records from clinics in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio and gave them 24 hours to comply.
Advocates for women’s health swiftly condemned the raids.
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), a measure designed to protect gays, lesbians and others from discrimination, failed to survive a ballot referendum Nov. 3.
Passed by the Houston City Council last May, the law prohibited housing and employment discrimination on the basis of several classifications, including sexual orientation and gender identity.
Imagine heading out one morning to attend services at your house of worship or a meeting of a local humanist or freethought group.
Imagine arriving at the facility only to find a band of people – many of them wearing masks and all of them carrying assault rifles, pistols and other weapons – marching in front of the building.
Two daycare workers claim they were fired for refusing to acknowledge a transgender child’s gender identity. Madeline Kirksey and Akesha Wyatt of Katy, Texas, say they lost their jobs at Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center after using female pronouns to refer to a six-year-old trans boy.
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.