The Texas Republican Party is blown up for its shocking new platform declaring “homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.”
The party’s updated mission statement, adopted at its convention in Houston on Saturday, also declares opposition to “all attempts to validate transgender identity” – and calls for a ban on any gender-confirming medical care, including hormone therapy, for anyone among the age 21.
At the same time, it supports deposited and dangerous “conversion therapy” – what it now calls “Reintegrative Therapy” – to eliminate “same-sex attraction”.
“These are just crazy people,” Michael Cargill told KXAN-TV in Austin, about the Texas Republican Convention. Cargill – the acting chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas, representing LGBTQ Republicans – branded the party’s “hate speech” “un-Christian.”
The party banned the Log Cabin Republicans from having a stand at the convention this year.
They “need to dig deep into the Bible, spend some time in church on Sunday, and listen to what the Lord says about love for all His children,” Cargill said.
Even Donald Trump Jr. suggested it was political suicide for the party to fight with other conservative Republicans, who may be LGBTQ, instead of going after Democrats and “RINOs,” shorthand for “Republicans by name only.”
Brandon Rottinghaus, a professor of political science at the University of Houston, attributed the hard-right turn by an already extremist party to Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump has radicalized the party and accelerated the demands of the base,” he told The Texas Tribune. “There are simply no restrictions now on what the base can ask for.”
Twitter was flooded Monday with criticism from a party that cannot tolerate members of the LGBTQ community, but can tolerate forcing a 12-year-old girl to have the baby of her rapist and accepts the murder of 19 children in Uvalde, Texas, as the cost of firearms.
Political commentator Lindy Li said the real thing that is “abnormal” is Texas Republicans – as several other critics have noted.
Activist actor George Takei slammed the new state party platform as “neo-fascist dehumanization”, noting that targeting vulnerable groups and classifying them as enemies comes directly from the fascist playbook.
Li also wondered if gay billionaire Peter Thiel would now stop paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican Party.
Many others also attacked the extremist Texans.
In other platform issues, party delegates voted to support the ban on teaching sex and sexuality in schools, while calling on Texas schools to teach the “dignity of the native human being” and that life at fertilization begins.
Deputies also declared Joe Biden’s presidential election victory illegal – and reprimanded Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn for his support of a two-party agreement on gun safety legislation.
“While all gun control is a violation of the Second Amendment and our God-given rights, we reject the so-called ‘two-party arms deal,’ and we are punishing John Cornyn,” the platform said.