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Texas Town Defiantly Displays Crosses on Courthouse

Residents of Coldspring, Texas, are fighting back against Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) by illuminating their San Jacinto County courthouse crosses at night.

Last week FFRF sent a letter to Judge Fritz Faulkner about the four crosses that are displayed year-round saying, “These crosses unabashedly create the perception of government endorsement of Christianity, making non-Christian and nonbelieving residents of Coldspring political outsiders.”

The atheist group hoped to put enough pressure on the Texas judge that the town would be forced to take down the crosses. But this small, rural town near Houston decided to fight back. After a three-hour public comment period attended by more than 600 people in a town of fewer than 900 people, the County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to not only keep the four white crosses, but to also illuminate them.

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No Same-Sex Benefits in Texas

In what could lead to a significant decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that it would not hear an appeal from the city of Houston of a Texas Supreme Court decision that effectively blocked the city from offering benefits to the same-sex spouse of municipal employees. The case began when then-Houston Mayor Annise Parker authorized taxpayer-subsidized benefits for the same-sex spouse of a municipal employee in violation of Texas law at the time regarding same-sex “marriages.” However, by the time the case was heard by the Texas Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Obergefell case, held that states that license marriages must also issue licenses to same-sex couples. The Texas appeals court ruled that providing the employee benefits was required by Obergefell. The Texas Supreme Court stated that Obergefell did not automatically require a state to confer on same-sex couples the same employee benefits it provided to opposite-sex couples. The Texas Supreme Court then sent the case back to the trial court to decide how Obergefell applies to benefits. Though the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Texas Supreme Court, expect the case to return there in a couple of years.

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Free Abortions for Harvey Victims

In the midst of the Hurricane Harvey aftermath, when donations are needed to sustain the lives of those who have suffered immense tragedy, some opportunists have been using the event to promote funding for death instead.

The Lilith Fund, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides and advocates for abortion rights, is seeking donations for an “emergency fund” to provide free abortions for victims of Harvey.

American Life League President Judie Brown was so appalled at the abortion group’s unconscionable antics she stated, “We should be doing all we can to help everyone suffering from this tragedy created by Hurricane Harvey, not adding to the death and destruction. God help us when the best response some can give is to suggest that killing babies is a charitable thing to do.”

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Texas Bathroom Privacy Bill Dies Again

The Texas bathroom privacy bill, meant to keep bathrooms and locker rooms in schools and public buildings designated on the basis of one’s biological sex, has died again. It passed the Senate in July, but it was never referred to the House. The author of the House version of the bill, state Rep. Ron Simmons, attempted to revive the bill as an amendment during a 30-day special session that ended this week, but the session adjourned Tuesday night without any action taken by the House on the bill.

Opposition to the bill came from IBM, the NFL, and Texas-based energy companies Halliburton and ExxonMobil Global Services, which claimed that sex-based bathroom usage was discriminatory and would prevent them from recruiting top talent. Additionally, two prominent WNBA players, Brittany Griner and Layshia Clarendon, co-wrote an op-ed piece for NBC News in opposition to the bill.

But the fight may not be over yet. Whether or not the Texas governor will call another special session is still unknown, but the bathroom privacy bill will likely be reconsidered in the next legislative session. Noted Rep. Simmons, “This issue’s not going to go away just because we don’t handle it in the special session. If we don’t deal with it now, we’re going to have to do it later.”

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Houston Pastors Say No to LGBT Agenda in Schools

As they have done in the past, Houston pastors once again bravely push back on the gay rights agenda invading their Texas community.

The Houston Area Pastor Council (HAPC) led the fight to keep bathrooms separated by biology and also fought to keep sermons from being subpoenaed by government officials. Now the pastors are saying no to their school system’s attempt to include instruction about the LGBT movement in America in its U.S. history curriculum.

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, who previously served as superintendent of the San Francisco school district, is the one behind the agenda. But Rev. Dave Welch, executive director of HAPC, responded with “not in our city and not our children . . . The HISD Board of Trustees needs to remind Dr. Carranza that this is Texas, where the people of all ethnicities still believe that our children are to be protected, nurtured, and educated, not used as a social experiment of a radical political agenda.”

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