Texas Republicans attack critical thinking, gays … and lizard protection

HERE’S a good definition of critical thinking:

Information exists everywhere. Usually a substantial percentage of that information is incomplete and quite possibly inaccurate …. There are also individuals and organizations who, for different reasons, consciously perpetuate lies or partial truths. You simply cannot afford to assume everything you see or hear is accurate and complete.

This doesn’t sit at all well with Texas Republicans.

The 2012 Texas Republican party platform has just published a report in which is says “knowledge-based education” has no place in the state because it encourages critical thinking.

And that’s a bad, BAD thing because critical thinking leads to:

Behavior modification and has the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.

There’s other stuff besides, like “Religious Freedom in Public Schools”:

We urge school administrators and officials to inform Texas school students specifically of their First Amendment rights to pray and engage in religious speech, individually or in groups, on school property without government interference. We urge the Legislature to end censorship of discussion of religion in our founding documents and encourage discussing those documents.

And homosexuality, of course:

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.

No critical thinking, no gay rights and no protection for this critter in Texas, say Republicans

And just for good measure, an all-out attack on environmentalists and the dunes sagebrush lizard which bleeding-heart, commie fools are intent on protecting:

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 dunes sagebrush lizard either as a threatened or an endangered species. We believe the Environmental Protection Agency should be abolished.

Hat tip: Matt Westwood


25 responses to “Texas Republicans attack critical thinking, gays … and lizard protection”

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  2. Ryan morrigan says:

    If you understand politics at all, you’ll realize that this is the NATIONAL Republican party platform as well. It’s just that Texans are the only ones stupid enough to put it in writing. Of course, the people who vote for these maniacs probably don’t have the education to read the platform in the first place.

  3. Matt Westwood says:

    One can but hope that this witless blether does not have sufficient public support for it to become influential. Dahn wiv Texas. It is of course an anagram of “taxes”.

  4. AgentCormac says:

    This has to be one of the most horrifying articles I’ve ever read on The Freethinker. These people are completely insane! They seriously don’t want people to think? WTF?! Why don’t they just start wearing swastika armbands and be done with it.

    “…we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.”

    In other words, we want to legalise violence against gay people.

    And isn’t god supposed to have given man responsibility for looking after the Earth and everything on it? If these morons do actually believe their bible is the inerrant word of some supreme being, why aren’t they falling over themselves to do his word and protect his creations? (Nah, just forget that bit and carry on destroying the place in the pursuit of what is their real god – money.)

    Grrrrrrrrrrr! Pass the blood pressure tablets. I think I might need a bumper pack or two.

  5. remigius says:

    ‘We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior…’

    Since when has equal meant special?

  6. JohnMWhite says:

    “…we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction or belief in traditional values.”

    Well, it was the traditional values of the people who originally lived in Texas (and North America in general) that homosexuals and transgender people were at worst no problem, and often magical and gifted, going back to long before the bible was scribbled out.

    @remigius – Good question. The level of projection is astonishing, they are the ones who want special privileges, and to be constantly reassured that they are somehow better than gay people.

    What’s horrifying about this is not so much the platform (it’s laughably stereotypical for Republicans), but the clarity. They have literally said they don’t want children taught to think for themselves. They’ve literally said they want to be able to persecute and harm homosexuals and treat them as lesser human beings. They’ve literally said they want to destroy the environment for the sake of corporate profit that the vast majority of their voters won’t ever see a dime from. Their greed and insatiable desire for power is naked for all to see, and yet they’re quite likely to win any election in the state of Texas, and Romney still has a chance of beating Obama. How does that happen?

  7. 5ec4um says:

    Thinking = BAD
    Blind, unquestioning obedience = GOOD

    That’s fundamentalist religion for you.
    Dare to think for yourself and be DAMNED TO HELL.

  8. Matt Westwood says:

    ” … Their greed and insatiable desire for power is naked for all to see, and yet they’re quite likely to win any election in the state of Texas, and Romney still has a chance of beating Obama. How does that happen?”

    Because their previous efforts to eliminate thinking and questioning authority has been all too successful.

    Fortunately I’m old enough to have grown out of fear, but I do feel a little concerned for and compassionate towards all the self-respecting independent-minded human beings who are going to be on the receiving end of the anger-storm which is going to devastate the American (and probably European if we don’t watch it) intellectual mindbase. There’s gonna be some killin’, folks, before this-all is ended …

    But what it *does* point out is that the US has no moral mandate any more to lecture fundamentalist Muslims regimes about their own lack of progressive mentality.

  9. charlie says:

    You hit this one square on sir. I fear for the children of the entire USA. Indeed, these morons do not like critical thinking, it allows people to question their “holly bibble”. Can’t have that.
    @Matt Westwood,
    Exactly. Greed and religion. I am starting to think that religion, at least the “big three” religions are the root cause of greed.
    These clowns make me ashamed to be an American citizen. And after serving as a US Marine and a tour in Vietnam, that takes some doing. Also, I agree with another comment here that this is not just Texas, but the national elephant gang as well. Yes, in Texas they are so damn stupid to put it in writing. They are destroying the education system, which was not so good to start with, here in Louisiana. No longer a Hindu, governor Jindal, wants the “charter” schools to be able to teach creationism.
    America has NO moral compass and it IS in serious decline. Look out world, empire gets very mean and nasty as it declines further.

  10. Stuart W says:

    ‘Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable ‘alternative’ lifestyle’

    I quite agree – it is not an ‘alternative lifestyle’, it is a sexual orientation.

    Speaking of lizards and religion, after watching numerous YouTube videos about how the formers’ shape-shifting relations are running the world, could somebody tell me how one actually joins the Illuminati? Having worked in telesales many years ago I think I could handle the selling my soul part.

  11. Stonyground says:

    This story is all over every science and freethought blog that I visit. Are there enough sane people out there to give us any hope?

  12. Robert Stovold says:

    Why pick on whiptail lizards?
    Despite reproducing asexually, and being an all female species, the whiptail still engages in “mock mating” behavior with other members of its own species, giving rise to the common nickname “lesbian lizards”.

  13. Ivan says:

    I hate to point this out but right here in Blighty we learn this week that the UK national agency responsible for advising universities and employers on the worth of qualifications, has decided that Christian fundamentalist qualifications (including the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum which uses the Loch Ness monster as evidence against evolution) are worth the same as A-Levels.

    They are amongst us. Weep.

  14. ZenDruid says:

    Fight fire with fire, I suppose.

    To the children of Texas, I offer the following:

    39. Jesus said, “The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them. They have not entered nor have they allowed those who want to enter to do so.

    As for you, be as sly as snakes and as simple as doves.”

    [Gospel of Thomas]

  15. Broga says:

    @charlie: The Texas/USA problem owes much to the censoring of free speech by religious bullies. I have friends in the USA who are atheists here in the UK but church supporters in the USA. They must not speak openly there or their children will be bullied and their parents will be ostracisedin their community.

    We have just seen an example of the result of religious censorship and bullying here in the UK. Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, is retiring. Leaks from a book he is writing from his new position of freedom reveal that he shares many views that would not be too distant from those shared by many on this site. He has kept quiet and did not dare to say what he thought as Archbishop because of the religious furore that would result from the bigots in his church.

    The fascinating question that arises in both the USA and the UK is just how many non believers are being bullied and threatened into going through the pretence of being Christian believers. And, as is become increasingly clear thanks to the internet, many of these non believers are priests and pastors.

  16. Stonyground says:

    Just because some government agency claims something is true doesn’t make it true. Time and experience will demonstrate the depth of their folly.

  17. Matt Westwood says:

    I wonder how many members of the Republican Party know full well that this is dangerous claptrap and their party is terminally ugly, but are too scared to say so and just spout all this antiscientific bullshit in unison with all the rest? Be funny if it was 100% now, wouldn’t it?

    As for @ZenDruid – wouldn’t wash, I’m afraid. GoT is one of the gnostic gospels and as such has no authority over xtians. In fact, it’s the work of Satan.

  18. Matt Westwood says:

    Sorry about this, but there’s a rumour going round that this is a hoax. If so, it’s a cracker.

  19. barriejohn says:

    It looks very dubious to me, Matt, but I haven’t been able to unearth anything definite!

  20. remigius says:

    It could be a poe. If it is then it’s very hard to tell. As a good poe should be!

  21. Robster says:

    Is there something in the water in Texas? Oh wait…there isn’t any ‘coz their useless god and the baby jesus didn’t fix the drought.

  22. Buffy says:

    It’s beyond time to let these troglodytes secede.

  23. barriejohn says:

    The links to this don’t seem to work any more, and there’s nothing about it either way on their site, from what I can see.

    Some bright spark (American) has said that it’s obviously a parody as in reality they would be calling for the recriminalization of homosexuality. Wish I’d thought of that!

  24. Ex Patriot says:

    If this is for real it is absoulutly apalling. It is hard to believe that even the repugthugs are this stupid, but then anything is possible with them.I am retired and now live in an ex communist country and according to the people I know here , they had more freedom under Tito than you would have under the theocracy the repugthugs want you to have.If they want a theocracy tell them to go to Iran or some such place.I am a Atheist and over the years some of my best friends have been gay and I am proud to have know them and proud to be a A

  25. Frank Li says:

    This is so absurd that it has to be a joke… right?