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