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The Texas Republican Party Platform: A Biennial Exercise in Extremism

Writing the Texas Republican Party platform has essentially been a biennial exercise in extremism since religious-right activists took control of the party machinery in the mid-1990s.The platform regularly bows to the paranoid fantasies of conspiracy theorists and religious extremists, the hateful intolerance of anti-gay bigots and the dangerous agenda of ideologues who often appear hostile to the very concept of public education.

Read the Texas GOP platform and you will find the claim that separation of church and state is a "myth." You will see the demands of fanatics who want government to interfere in and even direct the deeply personal decisions women make about whether and when to have children. And you will be stunned by the dangerously misguided insistence that the way to lower the outrageously high rates of teen births and sexually transmitted infections in Texas is to keep young people ignorant about birth control and methods of preventing STIs.

In short, the Texas Republican Party platform often represents a call to turn back the clock in America.

TFN Analysis of the 2014 Texas Republican Party Platform

Full 2014 Texas Republican Party Platform (pdf format)

TFN Analysis of the 2012 Texas Republican Party Platform

Full 2012 Texas Republican Party Platform (pdf format)

TFN Analysis of the 2010 Texas Republican Party Platform

Full 2010 Texas Republican Party Platform (pdf format)

TFN Analysis of the 2008 Texas Repbublican Party Platform