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Why The Lieutenant Governor Of Texas Needs A Civics Lesson

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. 

Access Denied

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.

Anti-Discrimination Measure Defeated In Houston

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.

Intolerance In Irving: Texas Islamic Center Stalked By Armed Group

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.

We Don’t Need No Education?: Texas High Court Mulls Limits Of Homeschooling

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.

Sex And Common Sense: Texas Public School Reconsiders ‘Chastity’ Speaker

A self-appointed expert on sex and relationships won’t speak at an El Paso, Texas, high school – for now.

Jason Evert runs an outfit called Chastity Project. He is yet another in a seemingly endless parade of speakers who somehow manage to get themselves invited to public schools even though what they have to offer is thin at best and sometimes offensive.

Texas Judge Orders Man To Copy Scripture

A Texas judge is under fire for ordering a man to write a Bible verse and marry his girlfriend to avoid going to jail.

Smith County Judge Randall Lee Rogers ordered Josten Bundy to write a passage from the Book of Proverbs 25 times a day for two weeks as penalty for an assault charge. The verse, Proverbs 26:27, reads “If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it.” 

Rogers also ordered Bundy to marry his girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes, within 30 days or face jail for punching her ex-boyfriend.

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