We’ve written a lot about the lunacy of the Texas State Board of Education, both their ignorant, anti-Enlightenment attitudes about science education, and more recently their obsession with theocratic distortions of American history. Our assumption was that these actions were the misguided errors of a few individuals who managed to get themselves elected to little-watched offices.
Now we realize that we were wrong. The madness we’ve been observing is institutional, as can be seen by reviewing the platform of the Texas Republican Party. It’s literally saturated with creationism and theocracy. We assume that the document we found is authentic. If there’s a later version, we assume it doesn’t alter the provisions we quote below. If we’re wrong in these assumptions, we’ll post corrections.
Let’s get right to it. Here’s what we believe to be the 2008 Texas Republican Party Platform (pdf file).
There are many solid, traditionally Republican ideas that we like in this document; but there are, unfortunately, many offensive provisions too. We can’t mention them all, so we’ll focus only on the issues that we usually write about here. Let’s start at page 11, where we find:
On page 12 are three items that aren’t our concerns here, but you may find them interesting:
Also on page 12, and continuing onto pages 13 and 14, there are several items relating to abortion and other carnal issues. As with sodomy, those aren’t our issues, so we won’t dwell on them. But on page 14 you may be interested in what the document says about Fetal Tissue Harvesting, Stem Cell Research, Human Cloning, and Gene Manufacturing. Hint: they don’t like any of it.
Moving along, the education section has some interesting provisions. On page 17 we find this:
Ah yes, our scriptural Constitution, statutes, and free enterprise system. It was obviously scripture that motivated the Founders to rebel against their king, establish a federal republic, dis-establish the church in Virginia, and write a Constitution prohibiting religious qualifications for holding office, allowing secular oaths, and providing that a man-made Constitution was the supreme law of the land.
And then there’s this:
On page 18 there’s a clear declaration of support for theocracy, with an ironic title:
So there you are, dear reader. Make of it what you will.
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