Man Who Thinks God Speaks Through “Duck Dynasty” Leads Polls For Lt. Gov. Of Texas
If the voters don’t wake up quickly, he could. Dan Patrick, a sportscaster turned right-wing radio hate-spewer and Tea Party State Senator is the GOP nominee for Lieutenant Governor and is currently leading in the polls.
Patrick is a wing-nut’s wing-nut. Called the most conservative member of Texas’ Senate, he authored a bill requiring women to get an ultrasound and be offered a chance to hear the heartbeat before they can have an abortion along with an armload of other abortion restrictions. Last year, Texas Monthly named him “The Worst.”
Like other Tea Party extremists, he is a major proponent of Border Security Hysteria. He regularly rails against threats across our Southern flank by ISIS. In a commercial, he repeated a ridiculous claim made by Californian Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter that “10 ISIS “fighters” have been caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas” Fact Checking organization, Politifact rated the claim false, giving it their highest “pants on fire” rating.
If not ISIS, then it’s migrants carrying exotic diseases as the focus of Patrick’s fear mongering.
“They are bringing Third World diseases with them,”
he said of unauthorized immigrants. Although Patrick cited “tuberculosis, malaria, polio and leprosy.” A state epidemiologist later dismissed the claim. And God speaks through Duck Dynasty stars.
The list of Patrick’s extremist positions goes on and on. But it is his take on religion in politics that takes him farthest afield. While the Texas GOP Platform includes the provision,
“We also urge the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress to enact legislation prohibiting any judicial jurisdiction from allowing any substitute or parallel system of Law, specifically foreign Law (including Sharia Law), which is not in accordance with the U.S. or Texas Constitutions.”
Patrick makes no such restriction on legislating his own version of Sharia law. On the subject of teaching Creationism, Patrick said this,
“Our students … must really be confused. They go to Sunday School on Sunday and then they go into school on Monday and we tell them they can’t talk about God.”
He stood in front of a congregation in a Baptist church in July of this year and stated,
“There is no separation of church and state. It was not in the constitution.”
So he clearly has no problem with forcing religious views on people who believe otherwise, as long as the views being forced are his own.
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