texas only wants christians in the state legislature? really?

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. (AP Photo)

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus. (AP Photo)

The conservative Christian right is getting desperate, and in Texas, their white hoods are peeking out from beneath their Sunday best.

According to a Fox News article by Judson Berger, there is a call from conservative Christian leaders to replace Jewish Republican Speaker of the Texas House, Strauss, with a conservative Christian:

“…several of Straus’ critics have noted how important it is that a Christian be named to take his place. These discussions have been made public by a series of media reports, drawing condemnation from some corners and making others in the GOP more than a bit uncomfortable.

In one e-mail conversation between two members of the State Republican Executive Committee, official John Cook stressed the need for a Christian to lead other Christians in the legislature.

“We elected a house with Christian, conservative values. We now want a true Christian, conservative running it,” Cook said in the Nov. 30 e-mail.”

Really? There is a Christian litmus test in order to hold elected office in this country? It’s not enough to be a conservative Republican, you have to be a Christian as well to be Speaker?

The article continues:

“At least one conservative activist has directly referenced Straus’ religion. Peter Morrison, who publishes a newsletter, wrote in a recent dispatch that Straus’ rabbi sits on the board of San Antonio Planned Parenthood. Morrison wrote that Straus lacks the necessary “moral compass” to hold his office and called his competitors “Christians and true conservatives.”

Asked about the column, Morrison said in an e-mail that he was “simply making factual statements” about Chisum and Paxton.”

This is yet another black eye for conservative Christians in Texas, who apparently advocate against Jewish Texas House candidates for Speaker in favor of conservative Christians. I wonder if they’d let Jesus serve as Texas House Speaker? Or is he too Jewish?

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7 Responses

  1. I grew up in Texas, but I prefer Governor Moonbeam to this latest wackaloonery from the Texas legislature.

  2. agreed, although moonbeam has his work cut out for him.
    roslyn is from texas, and hits me just about every time texas politics comes up in a conversation.

  3. Hey now…
    I don’t tell you how to run your state, whose leadership you have openly criticized, as well.
    If I wanted something different for California, I’d move there and vote my opinion.
    I’m not saying I agree with John Cook in the slightest, but criticizing from 800+ miles away is kind of a waste of time, don’t you think?

  4. david, I beg you – BEG! – to offer any and all criticism, advice, and ideas to california government, for we are the most screwed up, broke, and broken state government in the union!!

  5. Really? A waste of time when someone is acting in an openly anti-semitic way and asking his state to violate the Constitution? Article VI of the Constitution reads: “The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

    And in the competition for most screwed up state government, New York (where I live) is definitely in the running!

  6. As some wise man once said: “I thought politicians placed their hand on the bible and swore to up hold the constitution, not place their hands on the constitution and swear to up hold the bible.” I paraphrase but the reasoning is still valid for this situation.

    As far as Cali is concerned I’m still trying to figure out how a so called progressive state can deny two consenting adults the RIGHT to form legal and sacred unions but endorse a proposal to allow the legalization of marijuana. What seems more threatening some guy smoking pot for 2 hours then getting in his car and driving or 2 guys setting up house together. One is clearly a threat to society the other a contribution to society….of course I am aware that for some making the distinction is a challenge

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