Who? What? Huh?

We oppose the teaching of … critical thinking skills and similar programs that … have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority. ”

I can’t fathom what kind of organization would be against critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is the process that promotes scientific discovery, and is the essence of sound business decision making skills. Who are these people?

Here’s a clue.

[Our group] repudiates the humanistic doctrine that the state is sovereign over the affairs of men, the family and the church.”

Oh. So the laws of man don’t trump the laws of the church (although I am not sure whose church we are talking about here). They are some kind of Bible-thumpers. Is there another clue?

We support the definition of marriage as a God-ordained, legal and moral commitment only between a natural man and a natural woman, which is the foundational unit of a healthy society, and we oppose the assault on marriage by judicial activists.”

We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God”

To protect our serviceman and women and ensure that America’s Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.

Ok. Bible-thumping homophobes, but that’s almost redundant. Who could this be? This could be a clue:

America’s founding fathers wrote the 2nd amendment with clear intent – no level of government shall regulate either the ownership or possession of firearms. Therefore we strongly oppose all laws that infringe on the right to bear arms. We oppose the monitoring of gun ownership, and the taxation and regulation of guns and ammunition. We collectively urge the legislature to pass “constitutional carry” legislation whereby law-abiding citizens that possess firearms can legally exercise their God-given right to carry that firearm as well. ”

Bible-thumping, homophobic, gun rights zealots who are against critical thinking skills… hmmm. Perhaps this is the manifesto for one of those Jesus-based militia cults like David Koresh. Remember Waco?

Then there is this:

We support labeling of all products containing genetically modified organisms”

There’s something I can agree with. We should have government regulation that informs the public of the contents of things they consume. Where did that come from?

Who are these people?

The clear indication of the failure of a point-of-view is when it fails to achieve internal consistency. While this group is against critical thinking skills,

[We believe in] having an educated population, with parents having the freedom of choice for the education of their children.”

While is group is against abortion,

Health care decisions should be between a patient and health care professional and should be protected from government intrusion. ”

Perhaps the most glaring and troubling internal contradiction is that of freedom. The preamble to their manifesto upholds the notion of freedom and opportunity. They explicitly reassert the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but later assert:

We urge our national leadership to reasonably use profiling to protect us ”

Neither the United States nor any state shall recognize or grant to any unmarried person the legal rights or status of a spouse.”

[Welfare] recipients should be required to submit to random drug testing in order to receive benefits. ”

We oppose the expansion of legalized gambling”

So basically, all people are entitled to freedom and the pursuit of happiness, unless you are a homosexual, non-Christian, like to gamble, receive some form of government assistance or don’t look like an American.

So ask yourself, what kind of group is a Bible-thumping, homophobic bunch of gun zealots with no critical-thinking skills whose belief system is littered with internal consistencies and ironies that are the making of dark comedy.

Of course. The current Republican Party.

All quotes are from the official Republican Party platform of Texas. Check it out for yourself at:



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