As I fought along with endless other Texans against SB 4 the “Sanctuary City-Show Me Your Papers” law, SB 6 and HB 2899 the two “Bathroom Bills”, SB 8 the “Cremation/Burial Abortion Remains” law & HB 3859 that Patrick and his Republican Religious Right Senate apostles approved during one of their so called “divinely inspired” moments. The one thing that constantly offended me was every time Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke in front of the media he would always say he spoke for “All Texans”, “Every voter in Texas” and “The Voters in Texas have demanded” when we know he does not!
Dan Patrick use to have an Evangelical Christian Radio talk show which nobody would ever know (sarcasm) from the way he preaches to the state of Texas on their “Burning in Hell” issues like transgender people using the bathroom that matches their gender identity, telling women what their decision should be in their and “the Lords” best interest regarding birth control and abortion. Saving Texas from the evil immigrants with skin color other than white by removing “Sanctuary Cities” and allowing unlimited abuse of “Show Me Your Papers” every time to pull you over and deport them for rolling a stop sign. And of course cleansing the adoption/child welfare and foster system by ridding it of satanic LGBTQ’s, evil religions other than Christianity, single parents, mixed race marriages and basically anyone their so called “one view only” religious refusal” allows them to discriminate against. And, as is stated in book of Patrick chapter 1 verse 1- ” We know that GOD sent Dan Patrick and his ilk as judge, jury and executioner for all Texans who did not follow his dogma” as it says in “The Gospel According to Dan”.
When the “Party of Patrick” decides that the laws of Texas should be based on the Bible and not on constitutional amendments then something has to change. In the 85th legislative session with the “Party of Patrick” we received several new laws because of Patrick’s divine intervention from God where God spoke to him in a voice that sounded eerily like that of “Hannibal Lecter” in “Silence of the Lambs” which may explain so much! (This can easily be treated with Thorazine and Haldol).
As we see so much of the time, as with the current U.S. Senate committee planning health care that will affect every single American, it is done with an all white male selection of sexist bigots who believe they know best because they have a penis. They are wrong! Because of this kind of mindset we ended up with Senate Bill 8, a bill that would ban the most common second-trimester abortion procedure. This is where doctors use surgical instruments to grasp and remove pieces of fetal tissue. By taking these measures doctors say dilation and evacuation abortions are the safest way to perform the procedure on a pregnant woman, and that requiring the fetus to be deceased would subject women to an unnecessary medical procedure. The bill would also require health care facilities to bury or cremate any fetal remains — whether from abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth. Abortion rights advocates, argue that it would end a safe procedure. Burying or cremating fetal remains and taking away a woman’s right to donate fetal tissue to medical research are additional ways to burden and stigmatize women who choose to have a legal procedure. But once again Dan Patrick and his parishioners are following the hypocritical and judgmental “The Gospel According to Dan”.
Another bill that comes from the book of Patrick, chapter 6, verse 66 (666) is the “Bathroom Bill” that Patrick assures his Right Wing Christian Base will protect little girls and adult women from the evil LGBTQ people of America.
This bill when reintroduced in the “Special Session” will bring back the verbiage of SB 6 which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on “biological sex.” The measure would also pre-empt local nondiscrimination ordinances that allow transgender Texans to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Of course let’s not consider the safety of Transgender Texans, especially that of school age children that are already bullied to the point of suicide. Patrick is doing this for his Obsessed Radical Religious Right base to keep them enthralled with his “Politics based on Religion” policies.
Sadly the truth is there are no existing cases of Transgender people attacking or abusing anyone in male or female restrooms. As I wrote in a previous article on June 14th Alabama state Representative Patricia Todd wrote an op-ed titled Church More Dangerous For Kids Than Transgender Bathrooms- It becomes apparent that a child is most likely to be molested in a church bathroom over a transgender-friendly bathroom.
As for “the bathroom issue” Todd notes:
No evidence has been uncovered showing that fears of transgender persons and “the bathroom issue” are warranted. Several states, school districts and corporations have adopted their own policies affirming transgender people’s right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity and have not reported problems.
As for the plight of transgender people, Todd reports:
In a study from UCLA’s Williams Institute, nearly 70% of transgender people said they had experienced verbal harassment in a situation involving gender-segregated bathrooms, while nearly 10% reported physical assault.
As for the safety of children, Todd observes:
Most child predators are mal
e (The National Center for Victims of Crime) and The Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute notes that 90% of child molesters target children in their network of family and friends, and the majority are men married to women.
So as Rep. Todd points out the real danger to children is not strangers in a public bathroom, but people they know, and are taught to trust. So much for the book of Patrick!
Of course we all know that the Jesus in most churches bibles is a person of love and forgiveness. Healing lepers, feeding the masses, forgiveness of prostitutes and teaching the little children as heard in “Jesus Loves the Little Children- All the little . Of course the “Gospel according to Patrick” would want everyone to believe Jesus was actually an Evangelical Radical Right Southern Baptist, but in 1957 when Martin Luther King was asked about the color of Jesus skin King answered ““Why did God make Jesus white, when the majority of peoples in the world are non-white?” King replied, “The color of Jesus’ skin is of little or no consequence” because what made Jesus exceptional “His willingness to surrender His will to God’s will.” But that is not mentioned in the “Book of Patrick”.
And of course Patrick and his followers passed HB 3859. HB 3859 will allow Texas adoption and foster care agencies to claim religious objection to certain groups, without fear of losing state funding. This law will restrict adoption and fostering opportunities for LGBTQ, single men and women, or non-
Christian parents, and could allow child welfare services to send foster children to anti-gay “conversion therapy. This law will actually make Christianity the “State Religion” of Texas as seen by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Governor Abbott and so many “Religious-Right-Republicans”.
Of course SB 4, HB 3859, SB 8 have already been signed into law and if Patrick has his way in the special session SB 6 will pass. If you’re looking for an upside to these bills and laws passing it is that the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, LULAC, Equality Texas, the cities of Austin, El Paso, San Antonio, Dallas and so many more are already filing lawsuits against the State of Texas.
On June 26th, the cities of Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Mayor Adler of Austin, Austin City Council and ACLU will be in Federal District Court in San Antonio to fight Patrick and Abbott on SB 4 to have it blocked and keep it from taking effect on September 1st.
Much like Trump’s travel bans, a lawsuit filed by Austin City Council alleges SB 4 violates the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S.Constitution. It names the State of Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton as defendants.
SB 4 violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution by unlawfully having a very vague requirement that police departments not give any guidance to their police officers as it relates to how to deal with issues of immigration. It violates the First Amendment right to endorse policies and to disagree openly with state leaders. It violates peoples’ Fourth Amendment right to not be held without a warrant.
So be watching this next week starting June 26th to see how this plays out. I can’t wait to see “The Book of Patrick” ripped out of Danny’s version of the Bible and his “Religious Exemption” and his discriminatory SB4 “Sanctuary City” bill shredded into a million little pieces by a Federal Judge in San Antonio.
Will God be watching? I don’t know since everyone is allowed to worship who they choose or not choose by law. You see in the end Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Governor Abbott cannot force one religion (Christianity) on the people of Texas or those passing through Texas. Nobody has the right to Legislate Religion or to Make Laws allowing Religion that discriminate against others! We must never let “Religion & Religious Exemption” become the “New Normal” in politics. We must continue to fight these Unconstitutional Laws!! Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick may believe Texas is a “Theocracy” but as we say in Texas “It Just Ain’t So”!!
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