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Why aren’t Texas Repubs doing more to protect marriage? May 15, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.

Texas is known around the country as the most powerfully conservative state in the union.  At the present time, marriage and the rights of the Church are under attack in this country as never before.  One would think, then that we would be seeing really strong leadership from Governor Abbot and in the Legislature to pass many measures to establish as many legal protections for marriage and the rights of convicted Christians as possible. But as the article below notes, Abbot has been MIA and the House remains under the business-owned, socially liberal country-club Republican Joe Strauss, so very little has happened, even with overwhelming majorities and a large number of true conservatives in both houses.  Strauss is allowing bill after bill to die, while Abbot is using none of his substantial political capital to fight for those who elected him.

Many good points below. Discuss. Thanks to MFG for the link.  BTW, it must also be stated that our bishops, through the TCC, are doing precious little to defend marriage and the Church’s rightful liberty, either.  Hardly surprising, but eventually the leftists will come for something the bishops do hold dear, so they may regret their relative inaction:

As I have written here many times, there is a war waging against people of faith and the values we hold.  Nowhere is that more evident than the war on marriage that soon likely will culminate in another Supreme Court decree, this time declaring that marriage is something that it plainly is not.

But much more troubling than even the destruction of the nuclear family and the institution of marriage is the all-out assault on religious liberty underway by the anti-faith left and their corporate crony allies.  It’s apparently not enough to re-define marriage.  No – those who resist must be silenced and made to care and to conform.

It is at this moment that we would expect states to lead the fight for religious liberty and the constitution.  Thankfully and not surprisingly, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has stepped up to defend people of faith from the attacks, and has articulated the important principles clearly and with passion.  But with all due respect, where is Texas leadership?  Sadly, they are MIA.

Our first liberty is under assault.  If you dare to express your religious conviction about marriage, you will be told you are a bigot by someone not remotely grasping the irony of his own discrimination against you.  Pastor or Rabbi?  You must marry two men!  Private religious school?  Don’t teach the hatred of traditional marriage!  Cakebaker, photographer or wedding planner?  Perform or shut down!

This is the new world order.  If you don’t believe me, you need look no further than the Solicitor General of the United States.  Arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in the marriage case a few weeks ago, he actually asserted (openly and without hesitation) that “it’s certainly going to be an issue” whether religious schools can keep 501(c)(3) tax exempt status if they teach the traditional definition of marriage.

Yet, in the face of this assault, the great state of Texas – supposed beacon for liberty in the nation – is sitting on its hands.  Why?  Hardly a soul in the entire Capitol Building is leading, and especially not Governor Greg Abbott.  Unfortunately, he has been essentially silent on the issue other than some half-hearted plugs for religious liberty generally once the issue heated up and a few comments in support of Pastor protection.  But no boots-on-the-ground, back room arm-twisting, big-speech giving leadership that we had become accustomed to from Gov. Rick Perry.

And in the vacuum, there has been a hodge-podge of bills, tweets, press releases, and other half-measures while Texas “leadership” shrugs and avoids fighting the massive Texas Business machine.   The result has been chaos.

Last night, a bill that was introduced by State Rep. Cecil Bell that would have forbidden public funds from being used to issue marriage licenses died a painful death at midnight (a deadline in the Texas Legislature).  While well intentioned, it never had a chance because 1) there has been no leadership on the issue generally, and 2) this bill was the wrong approach.  It would certainly be struck down if the Supreme Court decides (wrongly) that there is an equal protection right to non-traditional marriage, and it misses the actual fight – religious liberty.

On that front, the strongest leadership has come from 2nd term Texas State Rep. Scott Sanford for introducing a bill (HB 2567) to increase protections for Pastors, Priests, Rabbis and all members of the clergy to conduct marriages according to their beliefs.  After a great deal of work – and working with Texas Values to rally Pastors to engage – that bill was also picked up in the State Senate by Sen. Craig Estes (SB 2065).

With the support of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (kudos to him), the Senate bill was passed out with a vote of 21-9.  It sits in the Texas House right now awaiting a second chance after Sanford’s bill died in the Joe Straus-led House of Representatives.

The bill is far from passage given the total lack of leadership in Texas.  And the worst part is – it’s kind of a yawner anyway!  Of COURSE we should protect the clergy.  Isn’t that the babyist of baby steps?  New Hampshire took that step in 1992.  How is this difficult?  Yet it’s not even clear Texas will get that through – it may.


1. Dismas - May 15, 2015

Texas’ reputation is a bit undeserved, which is why I am a bit reluctant when it comes to the whole “Republic of Texas” thing – though I am still supportive.

No need to go into it here. Texas is just seemingly less liberal than many states. Across the state, Texans tend to be more conservative, but something funny happens to a person once elected to office.

Before some rabid Texan with their hair on fire jumps to the defense of their state, I’d ask them to contrast the response of Texas to the Trans-Texas Corridor with that of Oklahoma, for example, as just one of a number of examples which can be cited to slightly cool the jets of those who regard Texas as a safe-haven for the true conservative, small-government, subsidiarity-minded Catholic.

Texas has a lot going for it.

H-town - May 16, 2015

It’s true that Perry tried to bulldoze the Trans-Texas Corridor through the state, but I seem to recall it was shot down by the farmers, ranchers and other locals who said hell no. The big cities in Texas are anything but conservative these days, Harris County voted blue in the last two presidential election for the first time in history. It’s the majority population of small town Texas that keeps the state conservative, no surprise there.

2. Elizabeth - May 15, 2015

I’m not a Texan but have long looked towards your state as being a bulwark of conservative ideals. I know it’s not utopia but it seems to be way better than most states. I don’t want to start any political arguments here but just wondering….are you missing Perry in charge?

Dismas - May 15, 2015

Actually, from my perspective, not at all. IMO Perry is a face-man. Please just research what he did about what I refer to above and what Oklahoma did about it. I’m a lifelong Texan and proud of my state, as far as those things go. But we should not romanticize it too much. For a whole number of reasons right now my “conservative state” award goes to Oklahoma.

camper - May 16, 2015

Perry put an income tax on doctors and i think lawyers – grr. Income taxes are, if you will, not Texan. He also created something called the Texas Enterprise Fund, which was crony capitalism in Texas.

The things that strike me about Texas’ political history are that 1. the left-wing democrats dominated the state between the age of Wilson to around the time of Eisenhower, when a group called Democrats for Eisenhower came into being. Supposedly the New Deal was very popular in Texas. Texas didn’t definitely start going Republican until I believe Nixon.

2. The Protestants who have dominated the state have been contracepting themselves into political impotence. Tantum himself, I believe, has recounted how Catholics’ prolificity was frowned upon by Protestants. I ask them, are they happy that their influence is waning? I would rather be ruled by conservative Protestants than by the contemporary Democrats a million times over.

3. The government in Texas, as I understand it, has always had fiscal problems, going back to the days of Texas’ independence. The government would spend far too much before taxes would be raised. The author of _Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans_ writes this. There have been exceptions, but this author says that that was the rule.


3. skeinster - May 16, 2015

Given the hysteria surrounding the issue, which includes attacks on peoples’s livelihoods, fiscal conservatism may be trumping social conservatism. We are a huge Business State, after all.

Re: the bishops. I did pledge some funds to the Diocesan appeal, but if his response to the Supreme Court ruling is inadequate, that won’t happen.

4. camper - May 16, 2015

Dear Tantum and everyone else,
One idea that recently appealed to me is to try to witness to those whose parents divorced. We could make billboards with the phrase “Parents divorced? Let’s talk.” I was just reading on a blog somewhere about the devastating effect that divorce is having on the social fabric. Specifically, it is also leading many to abandon God formally. There was that famous report recently recording that unaffiliateds rose precipitously in the last seven years and Catholics declined correspondingly. I guess that one of the main difficulties with my idea is that most children of divorcees are still younger than 18, which means they are unlikely to be able to drive.

Right now, the Church mainly witnesses by working at Pro-life centers. Tantum is working on witnessing to those who use prostitutes. I propose that we try to witness to those in jail and those who are divorced. I’ve also mentioned demonstrating outside of “the Cathedral of Hope” and outside of mosques. There is no lack of ideas, only a lack of workers for the harvest, and perhaps money to support it.

5. Marguerite - May 18, 2015

Did anyone see that horrific Wells Fargo commercial where two lesbians are signing with a deaf girl and telling her that they are her two new mommies? I was flabbergasted that they politicized their banking services.

6. Sara Wells - May 18, 2015

Great information I have been trying to get more political since I moved out to Dallas so thank you

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