Click the link above to read the TEXAS CONSTITUTION provides:
"Sec. 1. FREEDOM AND SOVEREIGNTY OF STATE. Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States." (my emphasis and italics)
Therefore, by Texas' own adopted Constitution it is subject to the very federal laws and U.S. Constitution that our officials are spending millions of taxpayer dollars trying to avoid! They do it by filing a blizzard of lawsuits to avoid the federal authority granted by the U.S. Constitution, using your Joe Blow taxpayer funds. A total waste of precious money. They even dole it out to private law firms and attorneys with political connections.
Today our legislature in 2015, sitting on a slush fund, is CUTTING Veterans education funding --funding they swore to provide on their "Support the Troops" bumper stickers and prior laws. Of course they claim they can't pay for it because they are giving a tiny tax cut of $179 to everyone instead of paying the vets or fixing roads or paying down debt. It shows how little our current majority leaders really value vets and education because they aren't honoring their commitments.
Next, Texas Constitution speaks to EQUALITY:
"Sec. 3a. EQUALITY UNDER THE LAW. Equality under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of sex, race, color, creed, or national origin. This amendment is self-operative. " (my empahasis and italics)
Then how can they pay women LESS? How can they draw districts that deny minorities there share of the vote? (aka Gerrymandering). How does treating women like 2nd class citizens who have no medical choices of their own make them equal? Local government like Denton are told that they can't prevent fracking next to their BBQ pits in the backyard. How "equal" in rights is that when the state is the bully instead of the feds?
How is equal justice found when a one-party red state picks a lawyer to be the appellate judge to hear the case of Gov. Perry when they previously worked together? How is that "equal justice" under the law? It's more crony favoritism when one party has monopoly power and ethics reform can't even get out of committee.
It doesn't look that way. Section 4 of the Texas Constitution provides this statement on religion in Texas.
"Sec. 4. RELIGIOUS TESTS. No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office, or public trust, in this State; nor shall any one be excluded from holding office on account of his religious sentiments, provided he acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being." (my emphasis)
That section imposes a religious test while banning the practice! LOL. The test? You have to believe in one Supreme Being in order to hold office.
An Atheist would be barred from holding public office in Texas since they naturally don't believe in a any Supreme Being. Texas definitely has atheist citizens as well as citizens from dozens of religions.
Hindus are numerous in Texas, especially Houston, Dallas, etc. (it is the third largest religion in the world, after Christianity and Islam). Hindus don't acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being either. They don't have one God; they have many. Quoting from wikipedia:
"the Hindu religion, unlike other religions in the world, the Hindu religion does not claim any one prophet; it does not worship any one god; it does not subscribe to any one dogma; it does not believe in any one philosophic concept; it does not follow any one set of religious rites or performances..."
What about people who have no view? What about Buddhists who also are Texas citizens? They don't have one God. Or Texas Muslims? They believe in one God but some religions insist that it is not the "same" God (even though there is only one). What about Texas Jews, who don't recognize Jesus but have one God. Would they be barred from Texas office under our Section 4?
When one religion's views are forced on other Texas citizens isn't that a violation of our own Constitution? Isn't that also a violation of Section 3 that declares all men equal? That is what Sharia Law is - forcing one set of religious views on people in a state. Is Christian Sharia any different than Islamic Sharia when both force their religious views on people of other religions who have a different beliefs.
An example comes from Lt. Governor Dan Patrick's group of advisers who uniformly denounced pre-K education as "socialist and dangerous." It was a unanimous and bizarre statement.
If you think education is a bad thing, then you don't trust people to use knowledge in an intelligent manner. You are favoring ignorance, the exact same ignorance that fuels Al Qaida and ISIS who refuse to tolerate any views different from theirs--and refuse to teach girls and the young anything except religion instead of math and science.
If those Mr. Patrick's best advisers (they are certainly his strongest supporters,) then Texas is in serious trouble -- far beyond the failure to follow our own Texas Constitution.
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