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Jewishness Raised in Texas Speaker Race

Call for ‘Christians and true Conservatives’ instead of Straus

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Speaker Joe Straus.(Texas House of Representatives)

Troubling news from the Lone Star State, as opponents of Joe Straus, the Republican current speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, are sending mass emails arguing that the House leader ought to be someone from the ranks of “Christians and true Conservatives.” One adds, “Joe Straus is pro-abortion. In fact, his rabbi sits on the board of San Antonio Planned Parenthood.” Straus fired back yesterday; an ally called for an end to “religious bigotry” in the race.

So it seems ugly. But aren’t we burying the lede? Isn’t the real story that the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives is a pro-choice Jewish Republican? Does Kinky Friedman know about this?

In Texas Race, Foes of Speaker Stressing His Jewishness [JTA]
Use of Religion Criticized in Texas Speaker’s Race [AP/Austin American-Statesman]

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Larry cohen says:

I live in Texas and regardless what anyone says there, this is business as usual.

stan nadel says:

It isn’t clear that he’s pro-choice, just that his rabbi is. In any case the call to vote him out in favor of “Christians and true Conservatives” still smacks of Antisemitism and that’s the “real story”.

Straus’s wife is Christian and his daughters have been raised as Christians. He is outnumbered 3-1 at home so what is the problem.

Neal Fine says:

The real story is the bigotry of the “true Christians”. love thy neighbor only applies if the neighbor is a WASP. A jewish republican is not news. Cantor was just elected to the majority leader of House.


I was born and reared in Texas I am known by all around me as SuperUltraRightWingRedNeckConservativeTexasJewBoy Strauss’ Voting Record does not necessarily reflect Personal feelings, but those of his Constituents that he is sworn to serve Texas seems to have veered a little Liberal because of all the yankees and other Foreigners who have moved here because we are not so affected by Obamanoid Economics, and there is work here AntiSemitism is just as prevalent as it was in the 30’s, but it has been so all my life Growing up in the 50’s there were Signs everywhere that said, “No Dogs or Jews allowed” and the Business Owners were from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois Snowbirds moved here to stop freezing their butts off eight months a year What you need to SEE, is that it was Texas Southern Conservatives who put Joe Strauss in Office With Joe Strauss in Ofice, and a few others … Conservatives and Jews have a voice in State Government, and we are being heard Don’t let Liberal Thinking or Liberal Media draw you off the REAL Point …

rlgordonma says:

This story is confusing. Here’s what the Statemen says:

“Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and two challengers are criticizing use of religion as unacceptable personal attacks on him…

Conservative activist Peter Morrison has described the two challengers as “Christians and true conservatives.

Paxton, in a statement Wednesday, said there no place for “religious bigotry” in the speaker’s race. Chisum says what religious critics of Straus are doing is wrong and the tactics are “deplorable.”

So it’s some random Christianist activist doing this, while Straus’s opponents are objecting. This goes against what Mr. Tracy reports as “opponents of Joe Straus, the Republican current speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, are sending mass emails arguing that the House leader ought to be someone from the ranks of “Christians and true Conservatives.”

Which is it?

fred lapides says:

Sad to read from at least one comment that it is as important to dismiss liberals as it is anti-semites. In fact, this very liberal guy–not from Texas–notes that it was the liberal LBJ that finally brought about equality of rights for blacks in this nation. The conservatives do little but badmouth their opposites.

Jews have to stop acting like GUESTS in the US. Jews, hundreds of thousands or more should bombard these anti-Jews with threats and letters and denunciations.

The only reason these cowards go after Jews is because they think and have been conditioned to think of Jews as weak.

I always say “CURSE THE JEW AND YOU CURSE JESUS”. It’s amazing how this works and they they apologize and never do it again.

Try it lets go after these bastards.

Contact me at

Bill Levy

Yahalomi says:

Bill Levy’s response is intriguing to say the least. What disturbs me is what happens after the words are spoken, the acting out of long held Jew hatred. So my position is that an unarmed Jew is a dead Jew. The prospect of wearing a full metal jacket often gives racists pause to consider the consequences of attacking so-called weak Jews.


Mr. Lapides,

Have no idea how old you are, or where you grew up, but you are sadly mistaken about Johnson’s being a Liberal … Because he was expectd to, by the Party, and Relatives of the Irish-catholic, Johnson continued to implement Plans and Programs authored by Kennedy and other Liberal Democrat yankees before him … LBJ was a staunch Conservative, in full favor of Conserving and Preserving the U.S. Constitution and the Sovreignty of The Republic of Texas … Like other Statesmen, he voted and acted in accordance with the wishes of the Public that he served … Tho’ he was the consummate Politician, he much preferred to have been back in the Classroom Teaching History It is little known that,Johnson the Conservative, True Believer, spent nearly a million of his own dollars smuggling Jews out of Poland, to help them escape the NAZIs … after the Liberal Democrat government had told Senator Johnson, “We’re already doing enough for the damned Jews …” and we will not get involved … Johnson had a verse written in pen by his married-in Jewish Aunt, who had a lot to do with his upbringing … “Who Blesses Israel, him I will Bless … Who Curses Israel, him I will destroy …” Johnson read that verse every day of his life … Johnson was no Liberal …

Is this what passes for tolerance and inclusion in Republican districts in Texas? I wonder if Eric Cantor’s constituents feel the same. If being “a true Christian” is a precondition for representing Americans as a Republican in Texas, then I want no part of the GOP. This is not the party of Abraham Lincoln (or even LBJ).

Democrats play the race card with blacks, are Republicans going to be no better than that and try to use it with Jews in an internal Republican battle? Shame. Just because a few may feel that way doesn’t mean it is the majority precept. So get off the Republican Christian vs. Jew thing. This race is about who can get CONSTITUTIONAL legislation pushed through including saying to the federal government – back off. I’m not saying Straus won’t, I’m saying there are more layers to peel back off this onion and “jewishness” is not one of them.

Carol, there’s a gigantically apparent trend in America that you’re missing: conservative republicans CONSISTENTLY say hateful things about minority groups, and their policies essentailly legislate racism/sexism/homophobia. Don’t defend them.

To quote Kinky Friedman:

“They ain’t makin’ jews like Jesus anymore
They don’t turn the other cheek
The way they done before”

Literate says:

Have any of you actually read the article(s) being cited? It does not mention anything about the guy’s “jewishness.” In fact, it’s all innuendo.

1. His “opponents” aren’t sending out the email. Peter Morrison is.

2. His “jewishness” wasn’t mentioned. The email supposedly only says that his rabbi is pro-choice.

Marc Tracy, please try to be a journalist instead of a hack. It appears that people here are actually taking you seriously.

David Schlosser says:

In some ways it was only a matter of time before the Islamophobia spilled over since they are basically symptoms of the same problem.

Cynthia says:

First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

I am a Jew. But I see a conservative republican Jew arguing with antisemetic idiots. I am not sure which needs rocks thrown at them first.

Mike Shapiro says:

Good heavens! Hasn’t anyone here read Molly Ivins? First poster, Larry Cohen was right. It’s business (or nonsense) as usual for Texas politics.

Truth is that we should encourage them to do what a number of their “leaders” want them to do…secede.


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