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Governor of Texas, A Radical Christian, Violates The 1st Amendment

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FFRF Display that scared Gov. Abbott

It didn’t take long for Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a radical Christian, to subjectively decide what is covered under the 1st amendment and what isn’t. He had a display from the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) removed from the capitol building after arbitrarily deciding it didn’t meet the criteria for putting up displays in the building.
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Texas Governor Rick Perry Has No Idea What Freedom Of Religion Means

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Texas Governor Rick Perry has no idea what Freedom of Religion means

While signing a stupid law to ‘protect’ students and school officials’ ‘right’ to say ‘Merry Christmas’ and display other religious holiday claptrap on school grounds, Governor Rick Perry gave us proof he has absolutely no idea what ‘freedom of religion’ means. He has taken it upon himself to force religion into the public schools under the ruse that it is a right that needs protecting. Countless court rulings disagree with him. I really feel bad for the citizens of Texas who have to put up with such an ignorant leader.
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Prayers don’t work even if you are Governor Rick Perry

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Texas Governor Rick Perry praying he can winTexas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, announced his intention to run for President of the United States. His overt religious views are a big concern. He recently hosted a prayer event in Houston’s Reliant Stadium that included major religious right groups like the American Family Association, people like Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council and others. He has called on prayer to solve Texas’ drought and also for our current nationwide economic problems. It hasn’t worked yet.
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Please, mess with Texas

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The Texas state school board is working on a statewide curriculum that ignores Thomas Jefferson – you know the guy who wrote the Declaration of Independence – and that refuses to discuss the separation of church and state. If we aren’t careful then this cancer could spread to other states and other children.

Meet the graduating Texas senior class of 2020 and beyond. This group of students has some unique identifying characteristics, products of an education based upon textbooks crafted with an agenda. If you were to test them on their knowledge, here’s what you’d discover:

* They don’t know who Thomas Jefferson is and why he’s significant, but they do known who John Calvin is and believe he was instrumental to the formation of our nation.
* They believe the terms church and state are interchangeable.
* They do not believe in evolution as fact, but are inclined to embrace creation theory or intelligent design as the explanation for how the universe came into existence.
* They believe the right to bear arms is a first AND second amendment right granted by the Constitution. (see 11:12 entry)
* They do not understand the term “democracy”, but can define “constitutional Republic” and apply it to the American system of government.
* They don’t know that the United States Constitution bans placing one religion over others.
* They can name at least three pro-free market factors contributing to European progress in medieval times. (Yes, I’m serious. Read the 6:43 pm entry)
* They cannot define capitalism, but are completely familiar with the idea that taxation and government regulation inhibits free enterprise.
* They ignore Hispanics and their role in various historical events in the United States, such as the Alamo.

The Texas textbook two-step

This is part of a long term effort by the religious right and other conservatives to worm their way into the system that makes these decisions and then throw out actual facts and replace them with their agenda.

The reason the issue is important and focused on Texas is because Texas is one of the largest buyer of school text books and their “standards” are spread to other districts in other states that buy the same books.

The main problem is the response from the left and those of us who support church and state separation has been to laugh at Texas but the writer of the article karoli has a warning:

Still, in all the reports I’ve seen about this, there’s a certain derision from the left that sends danger signals off in me. Laugh at the Texas School Board at your own peril. They have just succeeded in approving a statewide curriculum indoctrinating students, educating them on a single point of view, and threatening our national curriculum in far too many ways. To shrug them off or paint them as buffoons misses their larger, and largely successful, plan.

I worry that we will all be caught flat footed like we were when Intelligent Design swept the nation before the science community and its supporters were able to ramp up to fight the effort.

Unconstitutional religious test in Texas judicial race

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One would think that an election involving judges would not suffer from any illegal activities – after all, judges start out as lawyers and they should know the law. It seems some Republicans in Texas need a refresher course.

In article on Law.com, Mary Alice Robbins reports that the Texas Republican Party sent a newsletter out that said E. Ben Franks, Democratic nominee for a seat on the 6th Court of Appeals, “is reported to be a professed atheist” and apparently believes the Bible is a “collection of myths.'”

The Republican Party notes in its recent newsletter that Article 16, §1(a) of the Texas Constitution prescribes the oath of office for all elected or appointed officials. The officeholder swears to faithfully execute the duties of the office and, to the best of his or her ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States and of this state “so help me God.”

“I can take the oath,” Franks says.

However, the state Republican Party questions whether Franks will uphold the law, stating in the newsletter: “Should Franks be elected in November, one would have to conclude that he will hold true to his out of touch ‘atheist’ belief system and ignore the laws and Constitution of Texas.”

GOP Raises Religion in Court Race, Calling Democrat an Atheist

The problem is that the US Supreme Court case Torcaso v. Watkins (1961) struck down state religious tests for public jobs or offices. The US Constitution already includes a prohibition on religious tests.

In 1961’s Torcaso v. Watkins, a unanimous Supreme Court struck down a Maryland Declaration of Rights requirement that a person seeking to hold office in Maryland declare a belief in the existence of God. [Charles W. “Rocky” Rhodes, an associate professor at South Texas College of Law], who teaches constitutional law, says Torcaso applies to Article 1, §4 of the Texas Constitution, which provides that no one can be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided that he or she acknowledges “the existence of a Supreme Being.”

Even if Franks was a professed atheist — and Franks says he has never professed to be an atheist — that is not a valid disqualification from office in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, Rhodes says.

Referring to the Republicans’ allegation against Franks, Rhodes says, “What they’re trying to do is smear him.”

Indeed they are. So much for the GOP’s claim of religious liberty

Religion doesn’t make you politically smart….

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It seems that Texas has become the first state to become a theocracy. On June 5th, Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation in a church school gymnasium amid shouts of “amen” from backers who just as well could have been attending a revival. Rev. Rod Parsley, a Columbus, OH televangelist, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, and Texas religious right leaders looked on, happy.

The Governor signed 2 bills. One further restricts late term abortions and requires written permission from parents when a minor requests an abortion and the other bill bans same sex marriage.

Perkins said he sees nothing wrong with signing legislation at a Christian school, and he pointed to a consistent theme of the bill-signing: Forces are at work to exclude the religious-minded from political and civic debate.

Texas Governor Mobilizes Evangelicals

No, Tony, they aren’t. I should know because at our last meeting of the “Dark Forces” we decided not to exclude religious people from political and civic debate. Even though we are sick to death of hearing you and your kind spout off consistently about being a victim. It seems to me, listening to your own propaganda, that you got President Bush re-elected.

Which is it Tony? Are you a victim of these “Dark Forces” or are you in fact directing the policy of many state governments, the White House, and Congress. I think a reasonable person would see it as the later.

One also needs to question the overall competence of a Governor who would use such an “in your face” method to sign a couple of bills. It would take a mentally challenged person NOT to connect the dots on the location and the topic of the bills. A good politician is subtle when going for an obvious manipulation of a particular voting block.

In the same story telling about the bill signing had this as well:

It’s a gamble the governor seems willing to take. Last month, he spoke to about 500 pastors in Austin at a meeting of the Texas Restoration Project, which plans to register 300,000 new “values voters” in Texas and elect candidates who reflect their conservative views.

In the private meeting, Perry championed promotion of spiritual values on the public square.

“One of the great myths of our time is that you can’t legislate morality,” the governor told the ministers, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press by his campaign.

“If you can’t legislate morality, then you can neither lock criminals up nor let them go free. If you can’t legislate morality, you can neither recognize gay marriage nor prohibit it. If you can’t legislate morality, you can neither allow for prayer in school nor prevent it,” he said. “It is a ridiculous notion to say you can’t legislate morality. I say you can’t NOT legislate morality.”

If his statement doesn’t piss off us reasonable people then it might be funny, but far too many religious right folk and the people who sniff their ass, throw out this red herring as an indictment against seculars and other freethinkers.

First of all, none of us have said “you can’t legislate morality”. We may have said “you can’t legislate the Bible.”

Our laws are our collective morality as a society. What the right want and have wanted for over 30 years is to impose their revealed morality on everyone.

No one disputes that murder and stealing is wrong. We wouldn’t have a society if we didn’t all believe that, but it is something else to say abortion or gay marriage is immoral. A belief that is nothing more than a belief in one’s religion.

Abortion is more difficult because a potential human is involved, but gay marriage doesn’t physically harm anyone. We do understand that while child pornography is wrong (harm to the child), a guy getting porn off his Internet connection harms no one.

The religious right want to restrict our liberties. They want to know what you do in your bedroom. They want to restrict what you can read and see in the media. They don’t think you are good enough to make your own decisions about actions that harm no one and they don’t want you to have any input either.