Protection from Extreme Environmentalists – We strongly oppose all efforts of the extreme environmental groups that stymie legitimate business interests. We strongly oppose those efforts that attempt to use the environmental causes to purposefully disrupt and stop those interests within the oil and gas industry. We strongly support the immediate repeal of the Endangered Species Act. We strongly oppose the listing of the dune sage brush lizard either as a threatened or an endangered species. We believe the Environmental Protection Agency should be abolished.
Free Speech for the Clergy – We urge amendment of the Internal Revenue Code to allow a religious organization to address issues without fear of losing its tax-exempt status. We call for repeal of requirements that religious organizations send the government any personal information about their contributors.
Homosexuality ? 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, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle, in public policy, nor should “family” be redefined to include homosexual “couples.” We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.
Controversial Theories – We support objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories. We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.
Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning).
Sex Education – We recognize parental responsibility and authority regarding sex education. We believe that parents must be given an opportunity to review the material prior to giving their consent. We oppose any sex education other than abstinence until marriage.
U.S. Department of Education – Since education is not an enumerated power of the federal government, we believe the Department of Education (DOE) should be abolished.
Judeo-Christian Nation – As America is a nation under God founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we affirm the constitutional right of all individuals to worship in the religion of their choice.
Voter Rights Act – We urge that the Voter Rights Act of 1965 codified and updated in 1973 be repealed and not reauthorized.
Republican Party of Texas, Report of Platform Committee (pdf) 170 Comments
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Submitted By: OhJohnNo
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"We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills"
I'll bet you do.
7/5/2012 3:48:23 AM
You left out this gem:
Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values
clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based
Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging
the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
EDIT to add: What the fuck, the Voting rights act they are trying to repeal is the one that gave black people the right to vote?
7/5/2012 3:51:16 AM
7/5/2012 3:53:27 AM
So you want to revert to an agrarian economy with a medival technology base...
Why not just immigrate to Iraq?
7/5/2012 4:01:21 AM
7/5/2012 4:05:45 AM
@Hertz: Yes, the very same law. And yeah, I missed out some of the stuff here by sad accident (though I got half of the anti-Critical Thinking spiel) - this is just the tip of the crazy, crazy fucking iceberg that I want to be in the Top 100 by the end of the week.
7/5/2012 4:09:15 AM
Judeo-Christian Nation – As America is a nation under God founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we affirm the constitutional right of all individuals to worship in the religion of their choice. Their choice being the religion I follow.
7/5/2012 4:19:01 AM
The Batshit-Insane Fantasy-Based Community strikes again.
7/5/2012 4:21:02 AM
Texas GOP opposes critical thinking.
How is that news, or even surprising?
7/5/2012 4:23:01 AM
This is what a mainstream political party believes. If this were the manifesto of some fringe third party, we could chalk it up to just being kooks, but half of all Americans are Republicans. All hope is lost.
7/5/2012 4:26:52 AM
"Persecuted" Christians, ladies and gentlemen.
7/5/2012 4:39:08 AM
The controversial theory bit would be acceptable if they didn't consider Creationism to be a legitimate scientific theory.
7/5/2012 4:39:41 AM
And they say liberals are opposed to freedom?
7/5/2012 4:49:51 AM
Texas GOP - some of the most vile pieces of shit on the planet. I wouldn't vote for any of those bastards if I were held at gunpoint right in front of the voting booth.
7/5/2012 4:52:15 AM
"We urge amendment of the Internal Revenue Code to allow a religious organization to address issues without fear of losing its tax-exempt status."
But if any Muslims start to address religious issues, they'll demand that separation of church and state be upheld.
7/5/2012 4:56:11 AM
Is this really genuine? This comes officially from a major political party? And the people that drafted this “document” didn’t see anything wrong with it?
Holy shit… I am speechless.
As an European I always thought that the people spouting this kind of drivel were somewhere on the fringe of American society, maybe just a little louder, numerous (and influential) than their counterparts in the rest of the world.
But if this is really an official document of one of the two mainstream political parties in your country…
So please, to help me to remain my faith in humanity, somebody tell me that this a hoax, or the manifesto from some extreme right splinter group of the GOP. Please…?
7/5/2012 5:07:25 AM
"Sex Education – We recognize parental responsibility and authority regarding sex education. We believe that parents must be given an opportunity to review the material prior to giving their consent. We oppose any sex education other than abstinence until marriage.... "
So even if parents want their children to be properly taught about sex these morons oppose it. Despite therir first statement.
Their stupidity is exceeded only by the bigotry and ignorance.
7/5/2012 5:11:17 AM
Voice of Humanity
I want to point out in no uncertain terms that the vast majority of Americans are strictly against this. Unfortunately, our system has been incredibly screwed up. You've got money running politics now. The democrats would have a laughably easy time driving these freebirths out of office, they simply don't care to do so because they're gaining just as much as these degenerates by losing.
7/5/2012 5:11:45 AM
Wall of separation of church and state - As a secular nation, all this fundie nonsense should be shredded and the pieces lanched into the sun.
7/5/2012 5:17:47 AM
Nothing secedes like secession.
7/5/2012 5:27:49 AM
Here's my interpretation of this insanity:
Fuck<backspace><backspace><backspace><backspace> Gays can go to hell.
Evolution & climate change is of teh atheist devil.
Knowledge is evil, fuck education.
Fuck sex education. Teens should just not fuck. Otherwise, fuck teens.
Fuck education some more.
Fellate Jeebus and the clergy.
Them niggers and gays should not be allowed to vote.
Who the hell voted these arsemarauders into office. Why aren't they being run out of office?
7/5/2012 5:39:30 AM
We oppose the teaching of ... critical thinking skills
Why does this not surprise me?
As America is a nation under God founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we affirm the constitutional right of all individuals to worship in the religion of their choice.
As long as it's Christianity, right?
7/5/2012 5:42:36 AM
@Kuno: It's genuine. Jokes have been made about it putting the Onion writers out of work.
7/5/2012 5:44:14 AM
These have been the stated goals of the republic party since 1980. The core purpose of the party has been to eliminate civil rights laws. That's why it was formed, that's why Ronald Reagan was made president.
7/5/2012 5:47:17 AM
Oh, and because I only included some of the crazy on here, I shall now make a post quoting some more insane insanity from the document.
"Pornography - We encourage the enforcement of laws regarding all forms of pornography, because pornography is detrimental to the fabric of society." Because this worked so well with Alcohol and Drugs - oh wait.
"Child Abuse - We recognize the family as a sovereign authority over which the state has no right to intervene, unless a parent or legal guardian has committed criminal abuse. Child abusers should be severely prosecuted. We oppose actions of social agencies to classify traditional methods of discipline, including corporal punishment, as child abuse. As a condition of funding, publicly funded agencies are to report all instances of abuse." Yep - they want to be legally allowed to beat their children without fear of punishment.
"Right To Life - All innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from fertilization to natural death; therefore, the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We affirm our support for a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution and to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protection applies to unborn children. We support the Life at Conception Act. We oppose the use of public revenues and/or facilities for abortion or abortion-related services. We support the elimination of public funding for organizations that advocate or support abortion. We are resolute regarding the reversal of Roe v. Wade." Conservatives: we believe the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth.
"Morning After Pill- We oppose sale and use of the dangerous "Morning After Pill." " MORE BABIES!
"UN Treaty on the Rights of the Child ? We unequivocally oppose the United States Senate's ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child." Oh, yes. They fucking went there.
(contd. on next page)
7/5/2012 6:02:46 AM
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