David R. Brockman, Ph.D., a nonresident scholar for religion and public policy at Rice University in Houston, has written a new report that takes an in-depth look at the influence of Christian nationalism in Texas politics.

Brockman’s report, “Christian Americanism and Texas Politics Since 2008,” identifies major figures in the state and explains how they have affected public policy through legislation and other means. Brockman concludes that Christian nationalism is pervasive in Texas politics and reaches the highest levels of the state’s government, although he notes that in recent years the push has been more rhetorical than legislative.

Observes Brockman, “[C]hristian Americanism is a force to be reckoned with on the Texas political landscape. Further investigation of the ideology and the movement is essential if we wish to gain a clearer understanding of politics in Texas, and of the relationship between religion and politics generally.”

To read the report, visit: www.bakerinstitute.org/research/christian-americanism-and-texas-politics-2008/.


Americans United & the National Women’s Law Center file suit to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans.

Abortion bans violate the separation of church and state. Americans United and the National Women’s Law Center—the leading experts in religious freedom and gender justice—have joined forces with thirteen clergy from six faith traditions to challenge Missouri’s abortion bans as unconstitutionally imposing one narrow religious doctrine on everyone.

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