David R. Brockman
As Texans become less conservative and more religiously diverse, chasing far-right Christian voters may become a liability for Republicans.
White conservative Christians have long been key to Republican dominance in Texas politics. They’re especially critical in GOP primaries, where low turnout means races can be decided by a statistical handful of hardcore voters. To get out the religious right, … Read More
After another proposed textbook bites the dust, some are questioning the State Board of Education’s commitment to Mexican-American Studies.
The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is no stranger to controversy. Its usual scandals involve questionable things the board or its members have done: placing Christian nationalists on an expert panel, warning of a “pro-Islam” bias in textbooks, calling … Read More
At a Waco rally, evangelist Franklin Graham signaled rock-solid support for the GOP agenda. But support for President Trump? Maybe not so much.
In mid-October, evangelist Franklin Graham and his “Decision Texas” entourage stopped off at Baylor University in Waco, mainly to bring souls to Jesus but also to talk a little politics. In a half-hour sermon culminating in an altar call for … Read More
Thanks to Dan Patrick, those seeking conservative Christian dominion over government keep a seat at the table in this summer’s special session.
Nicknames for this summer’s special session have proliferated faster than hashtags and lapel pins. It’s been called “30 days of horror,” the “special discrimination session,” the “Session of Oppression” and a “war on local control.” But as I’ve watched as … Read More
Texas lawmakers just gave the State Board of Education more power over textbook content. What could possibly go wrong?
In past legislative sessions, a bill this momentous would have been major news. But in the “worst Legislature ever,” it received almost no press coverage at all — elbowed out by bathrooms, vouchers, “show me your papers” legislation, religious freedom … Read More
While white evangelicals remain the main religious supporters of draconian anti-immigrant measures, two prominent North Texas evangelicals are pushing back.
While white evangelicals remain the main religious supporters of draconian anti-immigrant measures, two prominent North Texas evangelicals are pushing back. Read More
Supporters claim the legislation shielding pastors from subpoenas will protect religious liberty, but it’s more symbolism than solution.
Supporters claim the legislation shielding pastors from subpoenas will protect religious liberty, but it’s more symbolism than solution. Read More
Anti-Shariah, anti-abortion, pro-Israel proposals run counter to First Amendment
GOP Legislators Take Aim at Church-State Separation Anti-Shariah, anti-abortion, pro-Israel proposals run counter to First Amendment. While many of us have been absorbed in the media spectacle surrounding all things Trump, the religious right in Texas has been busy laying out its … Read More
As the president-elect ushers in an era of anti-Muslim rhetoric, Texas Muslims are fighting back.
What we’re seeing in the Muslim community today is just the latest episode in a story as old as our nation and the 13 colonies that preceded it: A religious minority suffers persecution and violence, then uses the democratic process … Read More