Three key figures in Texas’ Chaplains Bill stand out as far-right Christian extremists

A CO-AUTHOR of the Bill—passed this week to allow public schools to replace professional counselors with unlicensed chaplains—is Senator Mayes Middleton.

In a recent statement, Middleton—widely described as a Christian nationalist—declared:

Our founders certainly never intended separation of God from government or schools, despite the lefts’ attempts to mislead people on this fact.

The statement went on to insist that pastors were among those who have “asked that prayer be put back in our public schools.”

He is also quoted in this report as saying:

When prayer was taken out of schools, things went downhill—discipline, mental health. It’s something I heard a lot on porches when I was campaigning. It’s something I’ve thought about for a long time.

Then there’s Julie Pickren, who sparked an outcry in March 2021 when it was revealed she was in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 to attend the Trump rally that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Her presence nearby was criticised by area NAACP representatives, as were her false claims that the Capitol attack was led by “antifa” members instead of Trump supporters.

Religion News Service (RNS) revealed that Middleton is an ardent supporter of Pickren. He made a $5,000 donation to her successful campaign to become a membet the State Board of Education.

Representative Cole Hefner, House sponsor of Bill, recently told a House debate that the legislation wasn’t about pressing religion.

We have to give schools all the tools; with all we’re experiencing, with mental health problems, other crises, this is just another tool.

A half-dozen Democratic lawmakers rose to ask Hefner to amend the bill, saying it didn’t provide protection for a diversity of religions, among other things.

Hefner and the majority rejected almost all amendments, including one requiring parental consent and another requiring chaplains to serve students of all faiths and not proselytise.

School prayer and Ten Commandments

Writing for RNS Jack Jenkins pointed out that two other bills introduced this session that involved religion and public schools—one that dealt with school prayer and another requiring classrooms to hang donated Ten Commandments signs—never made it across the finish line.

The chaplains bill was carried by an alliance of right-wing activists, Christian groups and conservative lawmakers who have aided each other’s rise while championing forms of Christian nationalism.assage, likely clearing a path for NSCA chaplains to begin working in the Lone Star State.

David Donatti of the Texas American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement yesterday (Thursday):

The same Texas politicians trying to control what students think by banning books and censoring curricula now want to dictate what students worship. 

This bill is part of a coordinated campaign by conservative Christian-based organizations and their legislative champions to force state-sponsored religion into public schools without parental consent.

Replacing well-educated and licensed professionals with uncertified chaplains threatens the safety and education of Texas students. The First Amendment guarantees families and faith communities the right to instill religious beliefs in their children, not politicians or the government.

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3 responses to “Three key figures in Texas’ Chaplains Bill stand out as far-right Christian extremists”

  1. stephenharvie Avatar

    The whole world seems to be in the grip of religious lunatics that seem determined to foist their delusions upon everyone else.

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  2. The religious lunatics have always been there as have the gullible, one doesn’t have to be PT Barnum to recognise that; when visiting the USA the lack-of-culture shock is severe, I wonder if that is the reason for so many suckers still being born every minute!


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