Hooray, Texas!

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Were I to return to the United States of America, which I will never do, it would be straight to the heart of Texas.

ChristmasTaxes are low. The economy is the best in the nation. (Bulletin to Obama: The two are connected.) And Rick Perry is governor, plus there are lots of sensible, down-to-earth people in the state legislature as this story illustrates.

The governor has signed legislation to protect Christmas and other religious holidays in public schools from legal attacks by atheist thugs.

Perry correctly pointed out that religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion, something the collectivist, joyless, ham-fisted speech police, who abound in America’s effete, elitist neighborhoods, will not grasp.

MenorahSo, in Texas now, you can say Merry Christmas in schools, and nobody can say you cannot. You can also say Happy Hanukkah, Hare Krishna, Praise Allah and any other dang religious thing you wish, and this is how the Goddess wants it.

Let us hope that other states will follow the sage lead of Texas and push back against the tiny minority of sour-faced totalitarians who have grabbed far too much power* in what was once the greatest nation on earth.

“It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m glad we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state.”

— Gov. Rick Perry

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* Including slipping one of their own into the Oval Office.

25 thoughts on “Hooray, Texas!”

  1. Great to see that someone had the moxie to do this and cut off all the ram-it-down-your-gullet people.

    I may not like certain things, but at least I can do what I damn well please, until offending someone becomes illegal, which is where things are heading. I am amazed how a few people can screw things up for the majority.

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  2. Anybody can say anything, anyway. That legislation is a waste of paper. Perry is kissing up to the right wing because he wants their support in 2016, so he can make a fool of himself again and drop out of the primaries early, again. Texas IS a great state. I’ll grow old and die here, but not because of Perry. There has never been a war on Christmas. It’s made-up by Fox News each year.

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    1. Ah, John, how a well-educated newspaper guy, and someone who fled communist oppression as a kid, can be so out of touch on this issue is a marvel.

      By the way, I don’t think Perry has to kiss up to conservatives. They already are firmly in his pocket.

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  3. There is still some small part of me that objects to having my tax money diverted to building idols and monuments to a god I do not believe in and have no time for. But I guess that is just me. I am obviously in the minority (here at least).

    Cramming religion down children’s throats leads to adults that do stupid things like entering Government and passing legislation that prevents people from marrying the person they love. Little things like that.

    Religion really does belong in the home and in the church, not in schools and government.

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    1. Croft: The Canadian government uses tax money to build idols and monuments to gods?! Who knew? That has never happened in the U.S. that I know of, and if it did it would have been an anomaly in some local backwater. Certainly, the U.S. federal government does not.

      Man, oh, man, what one learns about Canada hereabouts.

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  4. The US Capital Building in Washington, DC (hardly backwater), has a carving of Moses on the front of the building above the main entrance holding the Ten Commandments.

    A wall of the Supreme Court of the US sports a carving of Moses carrying a tablet on which are carved excerpts of Commandments VI through X.

    The doors of the Supreme Court are carved with the Roman Numerals I through X, an obvious reference to the ten commandments.

    “In Van Orden v. Perry (2005), the (Supreme) Court allowed a
    six-foot-high Ten Commandments monument to be
    located on Texas’ capitol grounds”.

    There are many, many more of these references. Don’t make me spend an afternoon with Google trying to find them all. Trust me, there are many more.

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  5. Churches were never intended to be government corporations. Yet, that is what every 501c3 non-profit “religious” organization is: it is a government created corporation. To keep their non-profit status, churches are discouraged from criticizing the government by the IRS. Freedom of speech is still disappearing.

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    1. Andres: Freedom of speech has pretty much already disappeared on college campuses, most of which already are, as one pundit well put it, like little North Koreas.

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        1. Lordy, Croft, the Westboro people, as you well know, are full-blown crackpots, and as was pointed out to me when I mentioned them as such here some weeks ago, are not even connected with the actual Baptist church.

          And Palin anad Bachmann have no connection to them whatsoever.

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          1. Palin and Bachmann are examples of your “Conservative Speakers” who are shouted down at universities. Westboro Baptist Church picketers are shouted down by everyone but there is no doubt that they are “conservative”. Many (most?) conservative speakers are also f***** crazy and should be shouted down. Take Pat Robertson for instance, and who was that idiot who said women who were raped could not get pregnant? Conservative speakers.

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            1. Croft: I understand. They disagree with your opinions and so should be shouted down. There are many on American university campuses (and Canadian too, I suppose) who share your approach. It is a lamentable approach. Were I to think that way, you — and a few others who are welcome to comment here — would have been blacklisted long ago.

              But you are not!

              That is how a civil society works.

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  6. According to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Texas doesn’t even make the top 5 most free states, though it does rank well.

    http://freedominthe50states.org/

    Texas also is a place where the government believes it should have a voice in who you marry.

    Frankly, I’d rather be told to pray at home, than be told who I can marry.

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we think you should know that it’s congress who’s in control of tax laws, not the president.

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    1. Kim: Yep, Texas ranks quite well. I’m happy with it.

      As for marrying, there are two ways you can marry, and they have different objectives. The state’s objective is to further society in a constructive way. The state sees its role as one of building normal, stable families that have children. It makes laws about that, and they make sense to me.

      Churches can have other objectives. They have more to do with emotions and lovey-dovey stuff. I like lovey-dovey stuff too. Of course, one can marry in a church and not register with the state. Mexicans are quite focused on the two ways being different. The two ways are less separate in the U.S. where it’s pretty much a given that getting married in a church entails registering with the state. Not so down here.

      Texas does believe it should have a voice in whom you marry. All states do. Some just lean more to the lovey-dovey end of it. That’s what’s called Liberal and Conservative, two ways of viewing stuff.

      You, of course, are referring to the gay marriage issue. I believe in civil unions. I also believe gays should stop poking religious people (or even socially conservative people like me who do not embrace organized religion) to get with the gay program. Gays are a very small minority. Majority rules.

      Of course, Congress sets taxes. Presidents set tone, however. And objectives, ideas, etc. Leadership! Obama believes in taxes with all his heart, and that has effects.

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        1. Kim: As I have mentioned here in the past, my preferred government is an enlightened monarchy. It is a pipe dream, of course, because such a rule cannot be guaranteed for more than one generation.

          A well-run democracy requires a reasonably educated population. The increasing ignorance level in the U.S., plus the fact that the education system from top to bottom now indulges in PC, left-wing, anti-American propaganda, is having its dreary effects. Lamentable, all of it.

          Funny you should mention Henry VIII. We are currently watching The Tudors on Netflix. Henry was not an enlightened monarch.

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  7. “I’m proud we are standing up for religious freedom in our state,” Perry said. “Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion.”

    The new law allows religious greetings and symbols to be used in and around public schools.

    And now these words from our Founding Fathers:

    “The office of reformer of the superstitions of a nation is ever dangerous. Jesus had to walk on the perilous confines of reason and religion; and a step to right or left might place Him within the grasp of the priests of the superstition, a bloodthirsty race, as cruel and remorseless as the Being whom they represented as the family God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, and the local God of Israel. They were constantly laying snares, too, to entangle Him in the web of the law. He was justifiable, therefore, in avoiding these by evasions, by sophisms, by misconstructions and misapplications of scraps of the prophets, and in defending Himself with these their own weapons, as sufficient, ad homines, at least. That Jesus did not mean to impose Himself on mankind as the Son of God, physically speaking, I have been convinced by the writings of men more learned than myself in the lore.”

    – Thomas Jefferson’s letter to William Short, August 4, 1820

    “As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?”

    John Adams -letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816

    “Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half of the Bible is filled, it would be more consistent that we call it the word of a demon than the word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.”

    – Thomas Paine

    “In the affairs of the world, men are saved not by faith, but by the lack of it.”

    – Benjamin Franklin

    “Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”

    James Madison -letter to Wm. Bradford, April 1, 1774

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