Texas tried to pass a blatantly unconstitutional ten commandments law.
Texas lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to require that the Ten Commandments be posted in every classroom in the state, part of a newly energized national effort to insert religion into public life.
Supporters believe the Supreme Court’s ruling last summer in favor of a high school football coach who prayed with players essentially removed any guardrails between religion and government.
OK, with our current Korrupt/Konservative Kourt, maybe it would have flown. But Texas Democrats didn’t let them have the opportunity!
The midnight bill deadline has passed!!
We stopped the Ten Commandments bill from becoming law.
I’m so proud of Texas Democrats for sticking together and stopping this dangerous legislation. #txlege https://t.co/YhO83U4Q64
— James Talarico (@jamestalarico) May 24, 2023
That’s what we all need to do from now on, stop these disgraceful bill before the Supreme Court can endorse them.
Texas is an outlier because the Democrats got their shit together. That is outright un-american.
The Constitution contains 4,543 words NONE of them are:
jesus, christianity, or bible
Many members of our organization are members of FFRF (Freedom from Religion Foundation)
Keep the xtian Terrorism out of our government!
I suspect that if they passed such a bill and it wasn’t ruled unconstitutional, they might have to give equal time to all the other religions.
You know, in the name of freedom of religion and equality under the law by the 14th amendment.
That would be the Code of Hammurabi.
The Pagan commandments.
The Muslim commandments which are The Five Pillars of Islam???
The Buddhist 8-Fold path
The Satanic Temple code, yeah, they have one.
The Wiccan Rede. ‘As long as you aren’t harming anyone, do as you wish’.
The Atheist commandments whatever they are.
Etc.. There are a lot of religions.
I will note here that there are a lot of nonxian religious rules of conduct and life and many of them are far superior to the kludgy, narrow, and incomplete xian ones.
But, the scary part, that I find abhorent, is that these religious freaks will always continue trying to push their phony sky fairy beliefs on everyone else!
Raven, you nailed it again! Good work
Even the Satanic Temple has their 7 Tenets.
And, of course, they are far superior to the old middle eastern, Iron Age 10 commandments, that the xians got out of the Old Testament.
Don’t you think these would look good on all the classroom walls in the state of Texas?
The Satanic Temple’s tenets are the only religious tenets I know I can wholeheartedly agree with.
Oh, FFS. This shit right here is why print journalism is dying:
Let’s correct the errors:
There’s nothing “newly energized” about it- the same people have been maneuvering to do this for decades, and they’ve just now reached the point at which they’ve got the power to make it happen. Almost. But that’s not as important as the other bit.
It’s not “religion” they’re trying to “insert” into public life, it’s explicitly white Christian nationalism. No one gets to choose their religion, or lack thereof, under their scheme. It’s right there in their first commandment: Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
That’s basically the single most important part of the article, and the Washington Post flubbed it.
Akira MacKenzie says
Usually, at this point, some class reductionist will pop in to tell us that this is just another “culture war distraction,” the right only cares about money and don’t actually want to create a theocracy, and we should be instead focusing all our efforts on “improving the material conditions” of the redneck, Bible-fuckers who propose this shit.
When is the Left going to realize that these shits are infinitely-more interested in getting into Christian heaven than any free health care or welfare program you can think of (and, which they’d reject as “godless communism” even if you offered it)?
OT, but just in. Tina Turner died at age 83.
chigau (違う) says
Akira, you’re partially right. They don’t care about money, save as a weapon, they really also don’t really care about religion, it’s just another weapon. They only care about power, as in having it, not sharing it and only they can do whatever they wish, all others must obey their wishes.
It would be interesting to post the Ten Commandments in every Texas politician’s office and let them think about how many they’ve broken.
Akira MacKenzie says
…they really also don’t really care about religion, it’s just another weapon.
Akira MacKenzie says
I suppose it’s easier for liberals to go after a handful of rich fuckers than the millions upon million of “working class” redneck JEEZ-us freaks who are the ACTUAL threat to liberals warm and fuzzy idea of democracy.
“Optics” and all that nonsense.
Rich Woods says
I know what the answer will be for many of them: zero. Because as long as the crime is committed in Jesus’ name, it’s not really a crime.
Seems an appropriate place to note that Texas Republicans are not the solid brick wall you might expect. I’m sure they are just as stupid and corrupt, so they may just be fighting over who gets the biggest piece of the pie: G.O.P. Split in Texas Breaks Wide Open With Drunkenness Accusation. I hope the bastards rip themselves to shreds.
Also a rift in South Carolina where a group of Republican women tried to stop the recent abortion ban bill.
I’m surprised the Ten Commandments thing failed. I thought it a done deal. Florida legislature says “Hey Texas, hold my beer!”
Speaking of alcohol, as robro mentioned, there’s this video:
Don’t know if he was drunk or really tired or subject to some sort of stress related speech issue. If I was in the Texas legislature I would surely try to stay severely drunk most of the time. I would probably do an Ozzy on the Alamo too though it’s in a different city than the capitol. Mess with Texas.
The rules I live by:
We can’t put these in schools, however; first of all, Satchel Paige is part of black history, no longer taught in the red states. Also, some of these would not be advisable during active shooter incidents.
I am so sick of these whiny little Christians trying to impose their BS religion on the rest of us.
You know, folks, I’ve discovered one advantage of being transgender: I have no power. Of course, having no power is a huge disadvantage if you’re living among folks who hate you. Then you get clobbered. But if you have the good fortune to live among folks who don’t dislike you and have no interest in walking all over you, then you realize you have no earthly use for power.
What would I do with it? Try to bend other people to my will? I have no interest in that. It’s not a temptation for me. Let them live their own lives. I don’t know anything about those lives and wouldn’t have anything helpful to offer them.
As it is, these days I’m just going peacefully about my own life, and what more do I need? That’s the height of my ambition.
And this is what those whiny Christians are trying to take away from American transgender people, among others. Why, why, why? Just because they want to hurt people. That’s all that power is good for in far too many people’s eyes. They don’t see that being able to live their own lives in peace should be the height of their ambition. Power, like their religion, does nothing but poison them.
3 are all you need:
Nothing to excess
Surety brings ruin
Won’t stop them from trying it again and again until they get what they want. If it then gets to SCOTUS, expect Slappy Thomas and his 5 fellow dwarves to allow it with a finding that the 10 commandments are not inherently religious.
Good . Most of us learned in middle school that 1 America is a republic not a democracy
2 we don’t have either a government based religion or a state approved language . These ignorant people are supposed to be politicians which means they should understand American laws and our constitutional rights. I’m never voting for ignorance aka the current Republican Party
@brightmoon #23 – “America is a republic not a democracy”
I’ve heard that before and never understood it. It sounds to me like the two are mutually exclusive. What exactly is meant by that sentence?
John Morales says
(converse: https://www.heritage.org/american-founders/report/america-republic-not-democracy )
Considering how little effort GQP pols part into punishing behavior which violates Xtian morality when GQPers do it, I gotta say that “they care about power, not religion” sure does seem to have a lot of accuracy and predictive power to it.
@24. rietpluim : At a guess I’d say it depends on who is saying it?
But there’s the horribly undemocratic Electoral College and voetr suppression and no preferential or run-off system that does make the USA’s “Democracy” not very democratic and the Repugliklans are working to make it less democratic all the time..
@6. raven & 7. rietpluim : Love those Satanic Termple Tenets. Thanks.
For me, it’s a simple ethical axiom of : Think and be kind.
Or expanded upon : People are all people just like me with equal value and emotions and inalienable human rights. Theworld is bad enoyugh already so don’t make it worse so thinkand be kind to others and theplanet we all share.
^Typo fix, submitted too soon in a rush sorry.
Or expanded upon : People are all people just like me with equal value and emotions and inalienable human rights. The World is bad enough already so don’t make it worse so think and be kind to others, yourself and the planet we all share.
Ian King says
Some part of me can’t help seeing this as a win for accelerationism.
I recognized the source of that one right away.
(There’s a song ‘The Ballad of Satchell Paige’ by a Canadian group called Stringband which includes that line.)
The Christians are fooling themselves. It won’t make a difference because kids (and most adults) don’t bother to read anymore. Remember back in the day when teachers covered some posters with paper so that we wouldn’t use them to cheat on tests and quizzes? You don’t need to do that anymore. I have a prominent their/there/they’re poster and an unabated amount of those mistakes in student writing along with students complaining to me that they lost points for those misspellings as I calmly nod and point to the wall.
@#24, #25: My understanding is that a pure democracy would be subject to mob rule, with a majority having the option of ganging up on minorities and voting them to the lowest rung of society. A republic would have some safeguards against that.
Halcyon Dayz, FCD says
A “republic” in Ami poli-speech the rest of the world calls a Liberal Democracy.
Did the bill actually state which version of the commandments?
There are at least 3: Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant.