David R. Brockman

David R. Brockman, Ph.D., a religious studies scholar and Christian theologian, is a nonresident scholar in the Religion and Public Policy Program at Rice University's Baker Institute. He also teaches at Brite Divinity School, Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University. He is the author of Dialectical Democracy through Christian Thought: Individualism, Relationalism, and American Politics.

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Politics

God and Guns: Courting the Christian Fringe in the Texas GOP Primaries

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

David Arriaga checks on students in his Mexican-American studies class at Houston’s Stephen F. Austin High School in April.
Education

Another Strikeout for Mexican-American Studies in Texas

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

Politics

Something Yuuuge was Missing From Franklin Graham’s Waco Revival

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

Sen. Dan Patrick
Politics

Special Session a ‘Battle Royal’ for Dominionists Who Seek Christian Rule

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

Signs at the Texas Freedom Network's Stand Up for Science rally
Education

Critics Fear New Texas Law Giving SBOE Wide Discretion Over Textbooks

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

Politics

Two North Texas Evangelicals Ask: Who Would Jesus Deport?

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

The Gathering, a megachurch event described as nonpartisan by organizers but which featured Donald Trump advisors.
Politics

‘Sermon Safeguard’ Bill is All About Preaching to the Choir

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

Politics

GOP State Lawmakers Again Take Aim at Wall of Church-State Separation

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

Human Rights

Can Texas Muslims Trump Islamophobia?

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

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