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Texas Christian Taliban Declares ‘No Freedom From Religion’

Rick “Yosemite Sam” Perry knows how to ignore real problems and create non-existent ones simultaneously. Texas ranks dead last when it comes to providing healthcare for its citizens. It could even be argued that providing healthcare is a Christian principle. So what do the silly secessionists do about it? Why they draft a “Merry Christmas Bill” and declare that freedom from religion was not included in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Of course these psychotic teabillies only mean their version of their religion is what we’re not “free from.” We’re certain we won’t be seeing any greetings and decorations and practicing of traditions of other religions.

“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

The 1796 Treaty with Tripoli states that the United States was “not in any sense founded on the Christian religion” (see the image on the right). This was not an idle statement meant to satisfy Muslims– they believed it and meant it. This treaty was written under the presidency of George Washington and signed under the presidency of John Adams.


“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.” – U.S. Constitution Article VI, Clause 2 (Supremacy Clause)

And now from crackpot cowboy, offender of the Constitution, violent secessionist Tea Party idiot, Gov. Rick “Yosemite Sam” Perry:


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  • Jesus Christ

    Rick Perry is the ringleader of a raging clown fire…

  • Marc

    Any religion is free to advertise and inundate us with their propaganda just like Coca-Cola but they must also be ready to forfeit their tax free status. That I would agree to and nothing less.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elegua Christopher Griggs

    Horrible. First, the Constitution does not say, in any way, shape, or form “Freedom of Religion”. People should have the right to express their beliefs in a hallway, on a card, amongst each other, on clothes, or jewelry anything they want to. School is not a place to keep people from expressing themselves. However, schools should not single handedly oppress, or promote any specific religious beliefs. The problem with this bill is that is specifies “winter celebrations”, such as “Christmas” and “Hanukkah” may be expressed. The bill specifically addresses “Winter Celebrations”. The bill also protects the right for schools to place religious displays, with the stipulation the display also includes at least one other religion or secular message. The bill also states any message cannot contain language that encourages adherence to a particular religion. So there are protections. The shame I see is that the language specifically protects “winter celebrations” only, and specifies the example of two terms that are acceptable, suggesting all else is not permissible.

    • Bill Wallace

      Cool All of the winter festivals. My wife would have wanted to celebrate Hanukkah, but she passed from Ovarian Cancer so she can not join us. My son can celebrate Kwanzaa, My daughter can celebrate Tet, And I will celebrate Winter Solstice. But when will everyone actually attend school?,

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnkouXIII James Rinjii Collier

    What is wrong with people?!! I get it Texas you like religion. I do to, I happen to be Christian but please stop ramming down everyone’s throat!!! You make every Christian look like an uneducated chimpanzees after someone takes away their banana!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/frankie.boy.5 Frankie Boy

    Texas ranks dead last in adults with a high school education.

    • http://latenightlarry.wordpress.com latenightlarry

      What is the dropout rate for Texas?… My guess it’s something like 65% for whites and under 10% for Hispanics… The Hispanics will go out of state to go to college, after a year of remedial education to learn what Texas didn’t teach (Science, Math, English, ya’ know, the “hard” subjects). The Whites will stay in Texas and get on the job training for “Would you like fries with that?”, or they’ll be like Biff in Back to the Future, detailing cars for the one percent 20 years after graduation and still driving the car that Daddy gave them for graduating from high school.

  • Randym

    Exactly true

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.flynn.3154 Peter Flynn

    proof that rel;igious not intelligent by design; and proof that united states too gutless and yellow to imprison crims in suits

  • http://www.facebook.com/RyanAntonNichols Ryan Nichols

    Just get rid of all religion, its all made up nonsense anyways .

  • http://gravatar.com/noeloneagain noeloneagain

    I’m all for religious equality and being able to express one’s beliefs in a respectful manner. HOWEVER Governor Perry will not protect ‘me and mine’ if we want to put up a pentacle to celebrate My faith. My faith will still be discriminated against, as will any that are not Christian, so this sop is only to allow Christians to shove it in our faces. I celebrate ‘Christmas’ (Yule) and many other Christian Celebrations (most of which have pagan roots) so I don’t mind if someone tells me ‘Merry Christmas.’ I’ll usually reply with a smile and “happy Yule to you.” This bill won’t do anything for me and mine, though.

  • michaelstephen

    wow.I lived in Texas for many years and I can tell you that the reason they passed this is because almost EVERYONE was tired of having their child sent home for giving another child a CHRISTMAS card. or calling a CHRISTMAS TREE AND CHRISTMAS TREE. You are not allowed to SAY CHRISTMAS for fear of litigation. and THAT is an infringment of the first amendment. As far as Right wing DOuchebags go, PErry is NOT THAT BAD. You need to think about shit before you spread it. BAshing the first amendment is NOT OKAY

    • http://latenightlarry.wordpress.com latenightlarry

      Yosemite Sam Perry’s bill wouldn’t be so bad if it recognized ALL religions, instead of just his own brand of christianity at the expense of all other Christian religions. And “christianity” is not capitalized because I’m referring to a generic religion, not true loving Christianity.

    • emmett

      Good point. And when a Satan worshipper wants to put symbols of his faith up in your child’s school, right along with the pillars of Islam, and a teacher stops class five time a day to force your kids to pray to Allah, will you still say the same thing?

      • RedKidna

        School led prayer is illegal anyway, so your point is completely invalid.

      • Devikadyal

        Satan worshipper? Really? You are aware that “satan” is a purely Christian concept right? Not only that but both Islam and Judaism acknowledge Christians as equals calling them “brothers of the book”. But nooo…Many Christians believe that if it is different it is evil. Even children learn tolerance and the merits of the saying “live and let live”. Those Christians who believe that everything thing different is evil? They need to grow up like the big boys and girls they are and accept the truth: There is more to the world than just Christianity.

        (note this goes for extremists in other religions and Atheists as well)

  • http://latenightlarry.wordpress.com latenightlarry

    And lawyers make more per hour than teachers… that’s why teachers can’t afford to run for statewide offices.

  • Chris M

    I really can’t wait for the first kid to say we decorated the YULE tree LOL

  • MJG

    But you see, this way they can blame the President, claiming he is anti religion.


    For them its win win.

  • http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com Tom Degan

    “Thank God for Mississippi”, said the late, great Molly Ivins, “If it weren’t for them we here in Texas would be dead-last in just about everything.”


    Tom Degan

    • Ricky

      Hey! I live in Mississppi and we’re number one in obesity.

  • Eric

    Question: Doesn’t hating or wanting to disband or abolish another group because they believe or think differently than yourself the very definition of intolerance? Made all the more ironic by disliking said group because of their “intolerance”.

    • http://gravatar.com/theliberalbuzz Buzz

      So we should show tolerance for intolerance? Yeah makes sense to me….not.If they just kept it to themselves and their homes, sure but not when they want to shove their way of thinking down our necks. Nope no tolerance for intolerance.

      • AATTP


      • Eric

        Are you not shoving your line of thinking down others throats? Forcing them to conform to you ideas and beliefs?

        There’s a concept, perhaps you’ve heard of it, called ‘live and let live’. Goes hand in hand with Responsible Liberty. So long as what other people do, say or believe does not harm or infringe upon another persons rightful liberty. What right do you have to forcibly stop them?

        By what measure are your beliefs greater so as to make it acceptable to force others to live by them?

        • Robb

          “Live and let live” hardly applies when whackjobs are wanting to push their religious belief into law.
          Your argument fails.

  • Phil

    You’ll hear, all over my Republic of Texas: “Joyous Kwanzaa,” “L’Shana Tova,” “Ramadan Kareem!” “Happy Diwali!” and “Merry Christmas,” ending with Y’ALL and a big smile! As poor as our health-net is (40th), y’all will have to get your Ethnocentrism kicks in another state. OK? According to “Health Care National Women’s Law Center” website for 2010, the National Report Card is “Unsatisfactory.” We need to come together to make that change – not engage in unproductive ad hominem debates. Nothing more than a waste of time.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Kubrick21 Benje Meyer

    Any way we can fast forward to the Supreme Court strinking down this bill and the interview after a couple weeks with Perry seemingly upset and perplexed at the result justifying his rationale and resolving to be even more ardentlying in support of what he believes and why?

  • http://gravatar.com/rstammer rstammer

    This won’t last long. Just grandstandin’ in a brain-dead State.

  • http://gravatar.com/traveler19491 traveler19491

    Where the various states and/or municipalities run into trouble is the instant they accept the myth that the Constitution “guarantees freedom of religion”. Nowhere in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights will you find the expression “freedom of religion”. The First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”. Any law passed by any municipality or state that permits the display of any religious symbol is in jeopardy of being deemed in violation of the “establishment” principal, unless they are willing to permit unfettered and limitless access to any and all religious and anti-religious individuals/groups to display, and/or engage in, any religious symbolism, icons, or activities they might choose. So…where on school grounds will governor Perry permit the Wiccans to celebrate their Pagan festivals, or the Satanists to celebrate their Black Sabbath?

    • Jason

      Well said.

  • Codi

    This just makes me want to facepalm. The people who argue for religious icons on government property just don’t seem to get it. The government is supposed to represent ALL members within its district. Not some, not most, but all. By placing any religious symbol on the property, that is publicly declaring that only those that follow the represented religion are relevant (which they try to further show by passing laws that pertain to their belief).

    They say blocking symbols from being on public property is squashing their right to express and promoting atheism. No. If you go to a public building, does the thought of there being no God come to mind? I doubt it. You’re there to do some relevant business. All religious persons are free to personally express in public through prayer, religious ornaments on their person and greetings, Christians included. If someone tries to block you, you can go through the same legal avenues as everyone else.

  • http://latenightlarry.wordpress.com latenightlarry

    Legal fees mean their friends the lawyers get to make more money… That’s all Yosemite Sam Perry cares about, enriching his friends so they can give him more brib… er… er… campaign contributions…

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.robinson.7311 Paul Robinson

    You are the 99%? heck we had an election, and multiple votes by many dead people and their pets still only got you 51%. Your math is as bad as your quote mining. You forgot all the quotes that make your appear disingenuous. Thats a big word for lying – have to explain the big words to a liberal!

    • AATTP

      Show me hard evidence that dead people and pets voted. I’ll wait.

      You lost. Suck it up, Buttercup.

      • Phil

        http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/185850/dems-now-registering-pets-and-dead-people-to-vote/ – The article quotes an Associated Press story. But, please, don’t take this as Gospel. Search for yourself.

        • AATTP

          Did you click the link to AP? Guess not because it goes nowhere, kind of like your fatuous arguments.

        • http://gravatar.com/theliberalbuzz Buzz

          NO evidence they were actually registered OR VOTED. Fail and in a major way.

      • Eric
        • AATTP

          I don’t have time to deal with this right now, but none of those links prove what you are claiming they prove. The last one, in fact, includes this:

          “A recent study by the Pew Center on the States found 1.8 million dead people still on the active rolls nationwide.

          ‘I don’t think the issue is how this is possible. It’s actually hard to imagine this not occurring given the fractured data that we have throughout this country,” said David Becker with Pew Center on the States. “This isn’t a Democrat problem this isn’t a Republican problem. This is a problem for our system. It’s a problem that affects everyone. We need to make sure that the information is accurate.’ ”

          • http://latenightlarry.wordpress.com latenightlarry

            I remember a scandal back in the ’70’s, when the Marin County (California) Registrar of Voters was not purging the rolls of moved or dead voters. I worked in a post office there at the time, and we had probably 10,000 undeliverable sample ballots, in a city of under 20,000… it was so bad that the grand jury was asked to investigate and recommended that the Registrar be fire for dereliction of duty and that the Elections office be allocated additional funds to clean up the list. Under California law, voters can only be removed if they miss voting in a general election, not in a primary or special election.

          • Eric

            You asked for hard evidence, whether you have an open or closed mind is your choice.

            The real problem is that Dems and Repubs blame each other, each claiming the others sh*t sandwich tastes worse. Neither realizing that both parties are controlled by those who would see our country turned into a socialistic tyranny.

        • RichardR

          Wow. Well, just pretending like the information you offered isn’t non-sequiter…I still don’t care. Fact is, every policy on the Conservative Right is an extension of the will of the 1%. The 1% set the agenda, and Teabagger pundits lead the sheep to that agenda through church and Atlas Shrugged. The Right is nothing but an extension of the 1%, whether they realize it or not. I don’t care what you call yourself…if you’re not 288 times richer than the average person, you’re part of the 99%. Teabaggers are traitors to their own group…they’re just too gullible to know it. Personally, I don’t care about BEATING Teabaggers at the ballot box…I’m trying to set them free.

          • Eric

            Apparently your definition of ‘non sequiter’ is different than that of a dictionary. It is Latin for “does not follow”. To see an example, look to the article above. My comment was in regard to a response from the author.

            I’ll agree with you that the GOP is controlled by the 1%. What’s ironic is that you believe that the Democratic party is not.

        • Marco.

          can’t believe Republitards, authors of the Bush-steals-the-presidency, blame others for cheating elections LOL shameless!

        • http://latenightlarry.wordpress.com latenightlarry

          WND… World News Daily, a scandal sheet even more extreme than Faux Noise… that alone destroys your entire argument…

          • Eric

            Nice ad hominem attack. Still doesn’t change the facts.

    • Rooney

      Attacks before substansive debate, Paul? Rick Perry is smart enough to know that this law will be challenged, and ultimately struck down. So why would he waste time on it?

      And, 51% is still the majority.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.mead.73 Gregory Mead

      The difference is that the “99%” meme means that liberals and Dems are trying to represent all Americans, while many if not most on the Right are simply dismissing the (now over 50%) that don’t agree with them. Whether you realize it or not, the establishment clause of the 1st Amendment protects everyone (including you) from government interference in their religions beliefs. Perry and his Teabangelicals don’t realize that at different places and times, they themselves may be harmed by this idiotic new law.
      Which is one of the reasons it will be quickly struck down.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000907279043 John Baker

      Looks like Paul holds a Master’s Degree in prevarication from the University of Mendacity.

      Need me to explain those “big words” to ya, Paulie?

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.burkhardt.148 Steven Burkhardt

    Does his kid actually go to a public school

  • Cyndi

    Why do we call it a Christmas tree at home and they call it a holiday tree at school?

    Well Mr. Idiot – that would be because at your house you celebrate Christmas and at school they celebrate the holiday season as the season addresses several different holidays.

    This guy’s brain has certainly completely fallen out.

    And Perry is like a George W. Bush mini-me….way too many flashbacks occur when watching him speak.

  • Joe D

    One Election away from a Christian Taliban in America

    • http://gravatar.com/theliberalbuzz Buzz

      With that same Christian Taliban pushing for Christian Sharia Law

  • Juliet

    ‘Disciples of Cthulhu for School Prayer’ would like to thank Rick Perry for his efforts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JustShyOfTheCatsAss Timothy Kyle Stumpf

    of course the 2nd grade texan that introduces this asshat is named friggin

  • Science Dude

    They also insist on calling Science a religious belief. Fair enough, I want Sciencism (not Scientology) listed with an Atom logo.

  • Nerd Bane

    Good job Perry. A step in the right direction, a de-political correctness and de-pussification of our country.

  • Brawny71

    This may sound awful on the national level; but in Texas, it plays just fine.

  • RichardR

    This is WONDERFUL!!! Finally, Texas students can openly celebrate Ramadan, The Festival of Bacchus and the Satanic Black Mass in peace. Allah/Thor BLESS freedom of religion!

  • http://www.facebook.com/TheDOTKU Kadesh Hendricksen

    (As a Liberal) I actually fully agree with this statement “Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion.” given the current structure of our bordered and controlled society. If You want to put a Birth of Jesus display in front of Your town sign because it makes most of the people happy, and You are willing no accommodate others but not their intolerance… Get on with You! You are almost doing it right! My teacher let me do an occult ritual to summon “Everyman” in class (and everyone loved it)… who am I do complain if a group of kids wants to meet and pray at lunch time? Seriously. Grow up people!

  • Michelle

    Future Breaking News of Texas: “Atheist sentenced to death for blasphemy”

  • Ben

    Yeah, this’ll get taken to the US Court system and get shot down right quick.

    I am intrigued as to how the author of this article knows, seemingly with the same conviction as Christians who believe this country was founded on their principles, what our Founding Fathers “believed and meant”. It seems like everyone knows what our Founding Fathers “believed and meant” and it also seems like our Founding Fathers had some sort of multiple personality disorder…

  • Bob Cull

    Yeah, he hopes it will be a model for the other states “like so many things they do.” Other things they do like dumbing down test books for the enlightened states to represent the views of the knuckle walkers in Texas who think that the Earth is 6,000 years old.

    I thought it was interesting that the kid is named after Saint Ronald of San Clemente. They do start training the little brown shirts young down there don’t they.

    You know damn well that they don’t mean it to cover anything other than their particular brand of “Christianity” anyone else who tries to invoke it will be run out of town.

    I am also tired of being told by these undereducated Neanderthals that I do not have the right to be free from religion! I most certainly do and I will be if I so choose. They can stay the hell out of my face with their religion, because they do not have the right to inflict it on me!

  • Beltainefire2000

    Oh this is going to become an issue when people want their religions “highlighted” at schools and government offices.

    I wonder who will be the first “non-Christian” religion to take advantage of this new law.

    • RichardR

      I don’t know, but now I want to move to Texas and start a Junior Satanist movement.

  • david saint

    lol i hope Muslims go down there and use that against them..then we can watch them get all mad and have to take it back

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.scalzi Robert Scalzi

    “Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion.” R teabilly Perry

    um yes it does you f**ktard

    • http://www.facebook.com/JustShyOfTheCatsAss Timothy Kyle Stumpf

      actually it does. granted this dude’s a total moron, but freedom of religion means you’re free to practice any faith or non faith you choose. freedom from religion is the abolition of religious freedoms

      • http://www.facebook.com/kristi.j.thompson.3 Kristi J. Thompson

        Actually, you are wrong. MY freedom of religion means you can’t force me to practice your religion if it is not mine. EVERYONE has freedom from other people’s religions.

        • JulieNC

          Then why is the Texas Taliban forcing religion on everyone? Freedom FROM religion IS a religious freedom. I am NOT religious and do not force my beliefs or lack thereof on anyone. So why are these morons forcing religion on those who do not want or need it? I smell a Federal court smackdown coming.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000907279043 John Baker

        Not really, Timothy. Freedom FROM religion doesn’t mean I get to stop you from practicing your religion and living your life according to your beliefs. It just means you don’t get to force me to live my life according to your beliefs.

  • Bill Wallace

    It’s classic. They refuse to spend money on education, but are willing to waste millions in legal expenses to defend something that is clearly unconstitutional. AZ did it with the “Show me your papers” law and now Texas will do it with this law. They’ve done it constantly with abortion laws too. Education is a far better investment than legal fees, but apparently the authors of this stuff haven’t let it sink in.

    • Howdy

      Apparently, more lawyers than teachers get elected.

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