(UPDATED) Welcome To The Theocracy of Texas

 

But he loves you, buddy.

We’ve been saying this a lot lately, but if you ever wonder what an American Theocracy would look like, get a load of Texas (America’s Lab for Bad Policy):

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) said in a letter to the Austin Independent School District (AISD) this week that its Pride Week was “breaking state law.”

Paxton wrote Tuesday that by hosting pride week, the district “has, at best undertaken a week-long instructional effort in human sexuality without parental consent. Or, worse [the] district is cynically pushing a week-long indoctrination of [students] that not only fails to obtain parental consent, but subtly cuts parents out of the loop.”

The Texas AG also wrote that the Austin ISD’s curriculum and lesson plans “deal head-on with sexual orientation and gender identity—topics that unmistakably constitute ‘human sexuality instruction’ governed by state law.”

District spokesman Jason Stanford told The Washington Post: “We’re going to react to this by doubling down on making sure our kids feel safe and celebrating Pride.”

But wait! There’s more!

In early January, a day before students returned from winter break, Jeremy Glenn, the superintendent of the Granbury Independent School District in North Texas, told a group of librarians he’d summoned to a district meeting room that he needed to speak from his heart.

“I want to talk about our community,” Glenn said, according to a recording of the Jan. 10 meeting obtained and verified by NBC News, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune. Glenn explained that Granbury, the largest city in a county where 81 percent of residents voted for then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, is “very, very conservative.”

He noted that members of Granbury’s school board — his bosses — were also very conservative. And to any school employees who might have different political beliefs, Glenn said, “You better hide it,” adding, “Here in this community, we’re going to be conservative.”

Thought crimes. Really, he said that.

And let’s cut to the chase:

Glenn made a similar argument during his closed-door meeting with librarians in Granbury, which is about an hour’s drive southwest of Dallas.

“I don’t want a kid picking up a book, whether it’s about homosexuality or heterosexuality, and reading about how to hook up sexually in our libraries,” Glenn said.

He also made it clear that his concerns specifically included books with LGBTQ themes, even if they do not describe sex. Those comments, according to legal experts, raise concerns about possible violations of the First Amendment and federal civil rights laws that protect students from discrimination based on their gender and sexuality.

“And I’m going to take it a step further with you,” he said, according to the recording. “There are two genders. There’s male, and there’s female. And I acknowledge that there are men that think they’re women. And there are women that think they’re men. And again, I don’t have any issues with what people want to believe, but there’s no place for it in our libraries.”

“Specifically, what we’re getting at, let’s call it what it is, and I’m cutting to the chase on a lot of this,” Glenn said. “It’s the transgender, LGBTQ and the sex — sexuality — in books. That’s what the governor has said that he will prosecute people for, and that’s what we’re pulling out.”

So, yeah, Texas is building a theocracy, complete with thought crimes, forced birth, and now the erasure of LGBTQ people. They have not gotten to the full Taliban (yet) but they are making progress.

UPDATE 1:

UPDATE 2 – just showed up in my aggregator, but is behind a paywall so I cannot evaluate if this is a joke or not: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Should Texas punish abortions by putting teenage girls and women to death? Or not?”

“That’s the current debate in the Republican Party of Texas, where outlawing abortion is no longer a question of ‘if’ or ‘when’ but a question of whether to kill women for getting one.”

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11 Responses to (UPDATED) Welcome To The Theocracy of Texas

  1. MDavis says:

    I don’t want a kid picking up a book … and reading about how to hook up sexually in our libraries

    Wha?
    Okay,
    Have they banned The Mephisto Waltz yet? That one features classical music, big [gasp] hands, witchcraft, and ambiguous, erm, suicide. Also, Shalimar perfume. Also, I first read this by checking it out of my high school library, and in my brain files it is right next to Vonnegut.

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  2. w3ski4me says:

    “Constantly read their Bible”? I think not. I’d bet they never read their bible except when instructed to in church, and even then, it is an alien thing in their hands. And even if they do perchance read their bible, they pick and choose what to believe and miss the Love that was mandated.
    Just like the car manual in the glove box, only to be read when something goes wrong.
    w3ski

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    • Jimmy T says:

      Had they understood Jebus, then they would follow the beatitudes which are (supposedly) the actual words spoken by him, but they never will because the church has become a corrupt instrument of political power…

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  3. spotthedog says:

    Would Texas like to just go ahead and change its name to The Republic Of Westboro Baptist Church?

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  4. Not a joke:

    North Richland Hills Republican David Lowe swears his campaign in the May 24 runoff election has nothing to do with killing women.

    “I’m not even a fan of the death penalty,” he told a Republican women’s club luncheon last week in downtown Fort Worth.

    But then he went on to praise a House bill last session that would have made ending a pregnancy a potential capital crime..

    In other words,. Texas could kill the woman, along with anyone who encouraged her or helped.

    Lowe’s final comment was chilling. “Do we all agree that abortion is murder?” he asked the crowd. “Absolutely. There should be consequences for it.”

    He felt comfortable saying that to a Republican women’s club luncheon

    I’m beginning to think that the comparisons to the Taliban are wrong…We should be calling the Taliban Republicans

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  5. roket says:

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is real.

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  6. beckymaenot says:

    Well- we have all thought for some time that Republicans hate the skirts. Almost as much as they hate brown people. Apparently now, just like with white supremacy in recent years- now they are saying the quiet parts out loud. Vote like your like depends on it- because it does.

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  7. laura says:

    Hey white men who consider yourselves not racist misogynist shite-bags! What’s stopping you from be stirring yourselves from the comfort of your privilege and stepping the fuck up for all the not white males? Seriously, the absence of white men as the stripping of rights from anyone not them is telling. If not you- who? If not now- why?

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  9. pagan in repose says:

    They are afraid of their own sexuality and seem to believe that murder is the only solution to their fear and loathing. They do appear to love themselves some murder.

    I offer them an alternative solution with the idea that they should just stop having sex, alone and together. Of course nothing says purity more than denying all sexuality in yourself and others.

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  10. These conservatives are as stupid as the liberals. They don’t know the difference between SEX & GENDER. There’s TWO SEXES, Male & Female. Gender is something else altogether, it’s a SOCIAL CONSTRUCT.

    Conservatives & liberals conflate the two (sex & gender) for their own political agenda & we all suffer for it. I’m so fucking tired of this BS.

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