State Sen. Mayes Middleton's unconstitutional bill is all about promoting Christian Nationalism
Conservative Christians never stop trying to mark their territory in the public schools paid for with everyone's tax dollars. Forcing religion on today's kids isn't going to have the happy ending they're hoping for. The fool who wrote this bill would go out of his tiny little mind if anyone suggested reading from the Koran.
When I went to school in the 1970ies, a prayer before school lunch was common. After a few years I refused praying, and in return was refused eating lunch AND reported to the head of the school. My mother had a meeting with the headmaster. No-one had to say a prayer before lunch after that.
It's a shame that the towns where schools are located don't have dedicated buildings where kids can pray and read the bible all they want.
𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑢𝑒 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑎𝑦𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐵𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔.
Oh, does THAT speak volumes! Tells me more than anything else that the authors of this bill KNOW that what they're proposing isn't just controversial but ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL ... and they'll have to do some fancy dancing to avoid liability.
“Hello? Freedom From Religion Foundation? Yeah, I got another one for ya!”
I guess all of Texas' other issues and problems (like their lousy power grid) have all been magically resolved. They must have been if lawmakers there have time and taxpayer dollars to waste on this monumentally unconstitutional bill.
Yup. Everything is bigger in Texas. Including glaring incompetence.
How many of these students are closeted atheists whose parents will "consent" for them?
Semi-OT- The Texas GQP confirms that it only wants wingnuts in office, voting 57-5 to censure US Rep. Tony Gonzales for... occasionally displaying a little basic humanity and 𝘯𝘰𝘵 voting in lockstep with the rest of the Republicans in the House: https://apnews.com/article/texas-gonzales-censure-republicans-cd2f3afd11ca99c31986469ef6b406a5
Earth to any remaining moderate Republicans- 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘺 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯'𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶. You can wait for the party to turn on you, or you can GTFO and try to build a better party to replace it, but you've already lost the battle. There's no saving the GQP. The lunatics are running the asylum. You can't reason with them... you can only try to keep them away from the matches and the gasoline.
8. Which bible ?
9. Which christian sect ?
Will it be decided by the State ? The county? The schools ? The one who lead the prayers ? If it's the two formers, what about a school where the majority of students are catholics but is in a protestant county ? What if the majority of students are not christians* ?
* In my high school I think at least half of the students were from Muslims families. The only clubs allowed in public schools are sports clubs lead by PE teachers.
Send out the bat signal for FFRF & Satanic Temple! HURRY!
Genesis 38 is a good start. The slavery stuff from Exodus and Leviticus. Ezekiel 23:20. The bit where the Israelites have to eat their children. Song of Solomon.
Lots of good stuff to help them understand that mandatory bible readings aren't a good idea.
This is unconstitutional of course, but wouldn’t it be grand if they institute this bill and only a few folks bother to opt in. Like in Australia.
That won’t happen, but wouldn’t it be lovely.
What if the GOP threw a party and no one showed up?
"The Supreme Court ruled in 1962 that school-sponsored prayers in public schools were unconstitutional."
That was a supreme court or two ago. 'nuff said.
OT- Kelly "Alternative Facts" Conway is apparently about to become Alternatively Married: https://apnews.com/article/kellyanne-conway-george-trump-divorce-b45c7a81e6379059a1bb361217e00bba
How the hell was working for Chump not the final straw, and 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵? Did she take up a hobby of drop-kicking small children into woodchippers, or something? Eh, whatever. As long as she ends up miserable and alone, I'll take the win in the name of schadenfreude.
When I lived in Texas it was often observed that the TX legislature met for 140 days every 2 years and almost everyone wished it was the other way around.
Christers are like a horde of fire ants swarming over the face of the nation. We can brush them aside, sure, but there will always be more of them--probably way more (insects keep multiplying)--waiting to keep trying to force their damn superstitions on the rest of us. And since they now own the Supreme Court, and since nobody's doing a damn thing about that, it's only a matter of time before one state's bill, somewhere, on some bogus pretext, wins. And the floodgates will be opened. Scads of other states will rush to enact an identical bill and/or the court will rule that under the Constitution rights guaranteed to citizens of one state can't be denied to others. It's all 100% pure bullshit, but it's what we're facing.