The Texas GOP continues to operate quite efficiently…

…in the 13th century. Have a gander at the final draft of this year’s Republican Party Platform (page 7):

Homosexuality – We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle in our public education and policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We are opposed to any granting of special legal entitlements, refuse to recognize, or grant special privileges including, but not limited to: marriage between persons of the same sex (regardless of state of origin), custody of children by homosexuals, homosexual partner insurance or retirement benefits. We oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

Texas Sodomy Statutes
We oppose the legalization of sodomy. We demand that Congress exercise its authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to withhold jurisdiction from the federal courts from cases involving sodomy.

Pornography
We urge our governmental bodies to enforce laws regarding all forms of pornography. We urge more stringent legislation to prohibit all pornography including virtual pornography and operation of sexually–oriented businesses. We oppose the sale of “Not Rated” (NR) movies and video games to minors.

Have a look at the sentences I bolded. These clowns are openly in favor of theocratic rule, lie shamelessly about positions held by the nation’s founders (try to find any historical mention of homosexuality by any of them) and believe that mob rule is an acceptable vehicle for trampling the rights of minority groups. They also believe that it’s okay to institute a state-wide ban on oral sex, adult bookstores, sex shops, and the viewing of skin flicks even thought it’s common knowledge that many a devout Baptist partakes of each. (In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Texas’ sodomy ban was unconstitutional, a decision that the state GOP has been agitating against ever since.)

How anyone with a brain and a conscience can stand to live in the Lone Star state is beyond comprehension.

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  1. #1 by jim on June 24, 2010 - 1:34 pm

    I like this bit:
    “We also urge the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress to enact legislation prohibiting any jurisdiction from allowing any substitute or parallel system of Law, specifically, but not limited to, Sharia Law, to be recognized which is not in accordance with the Constitutions of Texas or of the United States of America.”

    Apparently, this requirement does not apply to Jeebus Law.

    And this is pretty good too:
    “We support Texas’ colleges and universities use of the same or substitutable textbooks for ten
    or more years in order to bring costs to students down and maintain some residual value for used books.”

    Because that’s much more important than having up-to-date textbooks, especially in a world that experiences rapid technological change. Although 10 years is stated, something tells me that they’d prefer 2000 years.

  2. #2 by hopper3011 on July 17, 2010 - 1:43 pm

    I recently ran across this website: http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/ – have a quick look, I guarantee that some of the opinions expressed will make you give up hope for the human race and the future of civil society.
    Between this and the Raul Moat saga, I am beginning to think that life in a cave, or maybe as a lighthouse keeper, might be a good career move.

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