Texas Republicans Want to Force Prayer in Schools

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They're trying to force Christian prayer into Texas schools—again.

The Texas Republican Party has released a new document laying out its plans.

It contains exactly what you think it would, a lengthy list of calls to action tailor-made to the hardcore right-wing Evangelicals. It includes clauses against abortion, marriage equality, and a section that calls upon the legislature to pass laws prohibiting any speech mentioning sexual orientation or gender identity in any school.

It's the "don't ask, don't tell" of the New Millenium. If such laws were passed in Texas, which, let's face it, it's hard to see why they wouldn't with such a hardcore right-wing Christian government in the state, it would be legal to be LGBTQ but illegal to say anything about it.

They want to pass a more restrictive "don't say gay" bill and want to install Christianity in schools instead. After a lengthy rant about how they want to ban sex education, they declared that they intend to insert the Bible back into public schools.

They also want to teach children lies. They explicitly want to teach Texas kids that the Bible is a foundational American document (it's not).

Thomas Jefferson said in a letter to John Adams:

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. ... But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding...

American founder Thomas Paine said:

To believe that God created a plurality of worlds, at least as numerous as what we call stars, renders the Christian faith at once little and ridiculous; and scatters it in the mind like feathers in the air.

Neither the American Constitution nor the Articles of Confederation before it mention Christianity or even God.

Yet, Texas is hellbent on teaching kids that America is a Christian nation, an idea adopted in the Second Great Awakening in the late 1800s.

Section 108, titled Religious Freedom and Public Schools, says:

We urge school administrators and officials not to infringe on Texas school students’ and staffs’ rights to pray and engage in religious speech, individually or in groups, on school property without government interference. We urge the Legislature to end censorship of discussion of religion in our founding documents and encourage discussing those documents, including the Bible as their basis. Students have the right to exhibit religious items on school property.

Across America, the Republican Party is becoming increasingly radicalized toward total religious domination. Kandiss Taylor's campaign bus reads "Jesus, Guns, Babies" sprawled across the side of it.

A speaker at the rally for Georgia Republican Gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor declared that the party is in a "spiritual war" of God Vs. Satan:

The same Georgia hopeful said that the American Founding Fathers came to "destroy American Indians' homes and their land so that Americans could worship Jesus.

I kid you not.

Here's the video for the proof.

It seems one of the two major political parties in America has been wholly usurped by the most extremist members of the Evangelical Christian right.

They are right about one thing—this is definitely a political battle, one that will hopefully remain civil as we proceed into the future. But is it really God Vs. Satan? Maybe to some.

To me, it feels a bit more like the fictional God of the absurdly religious against the rest of us who just want to live our lives in peace without being told we need to force the Bible into school classrooms, what books we can and cannot read, what things we can and cannot say, and what things we mustn't do because it's against someone else's religion.

This isn't about belief. It's about political might and the desire to force everyone else to submit to their theocratic beliefs, something we must never do.