I've read through the entire final state platform for the Texas Republicans for the coming two years. It was 25 pages of sighs, eye rolling and flat out shock and open mouthed awe. The Texas Republicans do want to ban oral sex. Or at least "sodomy", which the dictionaries define as;
"Any of various forms of sexual acts held to be unnatural or abnormal, especially anal or oral copulation or bestiality."Sodomy is only one item on a long list they want to ban or criminalize and is only mentioned once or twice. Their real mortal enemy? Homosexuality!
"We believe that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit, and leads to the spread of dangerous, communicable diseases. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God"There's clearly no arguing with God.
Homosexuality should not be presented as an acceptable lifestyle, "family" can never include a homosexual "couple" (their qoutation marks, not mine), and homosexuals should never be able to marry or form a partnership of any kind. Anyone who issues a marriage license to a same-sex couple would be facing a jail sentence.
Nor should homosexual ever be able to have custody of a child. In fact, the Texas Republicans group homosexuals and child molestors together, and preferrably such people should not even be allowed to see their own children (if they have any) at all;
"[...] visitation with minor children by such persons should be prohibited but if ordered by the court limited to supervised periods."And that applies to homosexuals, not just molestors!
I could go on and on, but I think the position of the Texas Republicans comes across quite clearly: "We don't want no damn homos!" Or something like that.
Let's move on to more fun matters: Sex!
I already did mention the sodomy, and that deserves a second look. But wait - there's more!
- "We oppose the legalization of sodomy."
- "We support raising the age of consent for consensual sex to 18 years."
- "We oppose sale and use of the dangerous “Morning After Pill.”"
- "We oppose any sex education other than abstinence until heterosexual marriage.".
- "We urge legislators to prohibit reproductive health care services, including counseling, referrals, and distribution of condoms and contraception through public schools."
- "We urge more stringent legislation to prohibit all pornography including virtual pornography and operation of sexually–oriented businesses." (ie. strip clubs etc.)
- "We urge the return to the requirement of blood testing in order to obtain a marriage license."
- "We are resolute regarding the reversal of Roe v. Wade." (legalization of abortion)
Other than homosexuals, there is nothing the Texas Republicans hate more than abortion. If they have it their way it will be criminalized. If they don't get that, they have a number of other goals. For example should all public funding for abortion clinics and counseling be cut and schools should not be allowed to mention abortion as an option (makes sense since they want to remove all school clinics and nurses, and only teach abstinence).
But then it gets weirder. They want to pass a law stating that "abortion providers" have to "provide women full knowledge of the physical and psychological risks of abortion, the characteristics of the unborn child, and abortion alternatives" and "information about the nervous system development." Basically, you should not be allowed to have an abortion before you know the sex of the baby, if it's healthy, how far along in its development it is and so on.
If a woman "orders an abortion", the doctor must explain the pain the fetus will experience, and provide pain relief (for the fetus, the woman is not mentioned). A child should never be in pain, even before it is born (or can feel anything). A child is precious and innocent, and should not be harmed in any way.
Then comes this;
- "[We] oppose actions of social agencies to classify traditional methods of discipline (corporal punishment) as child abuse."
- "We support eliminating bureaucratic prohibitions on corporal discipline [in foster homes]."
- "We urge the Legislature [...] to remind administrators and school boards that corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas."
This is only one of the many contradictions on these 25 pages. Every quote I've posted can be found in the platform document.
I am amazed.
This isn't some crackpot's ramblings, but the final and official programme and platform for the biggest, most popular and influential party in the second largest American state. They even explain their embargo on Cuba simply by stating that it will last "until democracy is restored". Hello? Saudi Arabia? Your best bud? Ever heard of it?
But I guess I shouldn't be surprised, this comes form a state where the Board of Education recently voted to stop referring to the US as a "democracy", but rather as a "constitutional republic", to make it mandatory for students to find reasons why (not "if") global organizations such as the UN are trying to "undermine U.S. sovereignty". They want to rename slavery "Atlantic triangular trade" in textbooks, and any mention of important Hispanics in American history has been denied. Even Thomas Jefferson has been replaced in the books by Christian thinkers, as examples of a an important political philosophers in US history.
One of the board members explained that; "There seems to be a denial that this was a nation founded under God. We had to go back and make some corrections".
Again - there is no arguing with God.
I have barely touched upon education in this post, unfortunately there are plenty of reasons why I should.
On the brighter side -
- the Texas Republicans do worry about more than banning homosexuality and sodomy, preventing abortion and sex before marriage, and changing the curriculum to please God. They also care about traffic lights and cameras.
On page three, before any of the other nasty stuff, under the headline "Preserving American Freedom" - "Limiting the Expanse of Government Power";
"Banning the Use of Red Light Cameras – We oppose the manner in which alleged vehicle violations are documented and fines levied against individuals without proof of their having been the driver of the offending vehicle and we call for a ban on Red Light Cameras in the State of Texas."
I say bring on the cameras!
Maybe they'll get so preoccupied they'll decide to keep out of people's bedrooms.
Let the sodomy begin!