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TDCJ recently fought all the way to the Supreme Court to deny a condemned man the presence of a Buddhist chaplain … while he is killed! For shame! As Texas planned to execute Patrick Murphy, only employees were allowed in the Death Chamber. The Supreme Court ruled on Mar. 28, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh said TDCJ had two remedies “going forward”—all or zero chaplains in the Death Chamber.

TDCJ chose to ban all chaplains! TDCJ blew up like a balloon the security issues. Yet, 20,000-plus volunteers and 30,000-plus employees know that ...

Chick-fil-A is normally closed on Sundays and opens again on Monday. But thanks to anti-Christian bigots on the San Antonio City Council, it will never open at the San Antonio airport.

... Here's what happened: The city staff took bids for new restaurant concessions at the airport. A proposal that included Chick-fil-A scored roughly 96 out of 100. The next closest competitor without them scored only 73%. Since the plan with Chick-fil-A was clearly the best fit, the proposal was almost approved... That is, until the anti-Christian zealots on the San Antonio City Council decided to intervene ...

A registered child sex offender has been reading to children at Houston Public Library as part of its Drag Queen Storytime.

A group called Mass Resistance, which has been trying to put an end to the program, contacted KHOU about the child sex offender. Mass Resistance claims it had been asking the City of Houston for months to disclose information about the drag queens, and when requests went unanswered, they did their own digging and made the shocking link.

... A media spokesperson for the library confirmed one of the program’s drag queens, Tatiana Mala Nina, is Alberto Garza, a 32-year-old child sex offender. In 2008, he was convicted of

While officials in the Austin Independent School District work to improve schools and programs, the number of students on wait lists for charter schools is "at its height", according to a report released by the Texas Charter Schools Association.

The report, called Charter School Enrollment and Demand, shows that while 25,035 students are already enrolled in Austin area charter schools, 9,973 students are on waiting lists because of limited availability ... The report says that some of the benefits to sending students to charter schools include a more focused experience that will prepare them for life after high school and that students needs are put before bureaucracy. But, critics have been saying all along charter schools hurt ...

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the Travis County Democratic Party’s annual dinner Monday night that “Texas is ground zero for us in the next election.” The results of a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune survey released Tuesday suggest she might be right.

... According to the poll, an internet survey of 1,200 registered voters conducted Feb. 15-24, it appears that Texas could be on the line in the 2020 presidential race, with roughly half of respondents saying they would choose a candidate other than President Donald Trump if the election were held now. Forty-five percent said...

As multiple bills are filed for the 2019 Texas Legislative session to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” (SOGI) to state discrimination laws, a diverse coalition of pastors are speaking out strongly in opposition.  Texas Pastor Council, a statewide organization of local pastor councils such as Houston Area Pastor Council which led the defeat of a similar ordinance in Houston, are warning legislators and Texas citizens that bills such as ...

In the span of less than 24 hours, CNN inadvertently helped President Donald Trump make his case for funds to build a new barrier at the southern border not once, but twice.

On Thursday, the network’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, posted a video showing viewers how an already-walled section of the border is “crisis-free.” In doing so, he showed how barriers act as a deterrent and facilitate safety and order along the border.

The night before, CNN’s Don Lemon helped ...

Five women lawmakers have decided to form the Texas Legislature's first LGBTQ caucus. State Rep. Mary González will serve as the group's chairwoman. In an interview with The Dallas Morning News on Thursday, the El Paso Democrat said she hopes the caucus will advance bills that are "transformative" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans across the state.

"We want to honor the moment," González said, just minutes before her staff planned to file the paperwork making the caucus official. "We want to have an intentional and strategic agenda."

When González was first elected in 2012, she was just ...

If you ask anyone, regardless of their political views, who they would rather have behind bars awaiting trial: Someone who poses a threat to society but can afford to pay their way out of jail, or someone who poses little to no threat to society but can’t afford to get out jail? It’d likely be the former.

Currently in most jurisdictions in Texas, bail determinations generally hinge on the ability to pay for release, not whether someone is a threat to our safety. However, there are validated risk assessment models that can more accurately predict whether someone will fail to appear for court appearances or commit another offense while awaiting trial. These are tools that ...

The city of Austin, Texas, is now on the front lines of the culture war between religious freedom and LGBT rights. Early in October, the U.S. Pastor Council (USPC) filed a federal lawsuit challenging city ordinances that say employers cannot refuse to hire people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. According to Austin’s KXAN News, the ordinance the lawsuit is targeting has existed since 1992, although it has been updated in the following years.

The USPC filed the lawsuit on behalf of 25 member churches in the city of Austin, and the council represents over 1,000 member churches across the country. According to the USPC, the city’s ordinances directly contradict Christian beliefs about sexual behavior and therefore ...