Militant atheists, police detractors and anti-Christian fanatics: meet the extremists working to re-elect state representative Jon Rosenthal
By Mark McCaig
The contest for Texas House District 135 is in full swing, with recent campaign fundraising reports showing the race as one of the most targeted races in the state. Outgoing Democratic State Representative Jon Rosenthal said he raised $ 206,564.23 in the most recent reporting period, while Republican challenger Justin Ray brought in $ 418,811.43.
For those unfamiliar with District 135, it covers Jersey Village, Copperfield, and parts of the Cy-Fair area in northwest Harris County. District 135 was a long-standing Republican stronghold before switching to Democrats in the Beto Wave of 2018. President Trump carried the district in 2016, and Governor Abbott carried the district in 2018.
While many Democrats in the suburbs run campaigns with a centrist message and distance themselves from the far left, Rosenthal is a notable exception. Rosenthal publicly describes himself as a proud “progressive” who “does not try to walk a tightrope”. This was evidenced by Rosenthal’s rating as Harris County’s most liberal state representative in Rice University Professor Mark Jones’ analysis of the 2019 legislative session. As part of his campaign A “daring progressive,” Rosenthal embraced fringe elements of the far left who despise the values shared by most residents of District 135.
One such example is Rosenthal’s endorsement by the Freethought Equality Fund PAC, which describes itself as “affiliated with the Center for Freethought Equality, which is the policy and advocacy arm of the American Humanist Association.”
The American Humanist Association and its affiliated entities are atheist militant groups who seek to remove any reference to God or Christianity from the public eye. One of the main initiatives of the American Humanist Association is to encourage people to boycott the pledge of allegiance, and the organization’s stated goal is to “dismantle Christian privilege.”
Rosenthal’s adherence to this endorsement should come as no surprise from his own past comments mocking Christians. As I noted earlier on this blog, in an interview on the “Trans Advocate” podcast, Rosenthal made several comments mocking Christians, the virgin birth, and the sacrament of Communion. At one point in the interview, Rosenthal referred to Christian conservatives as the “Christian Taliban,” joked that supporters of abstinence education are “”those same religious people who will tell you there is an exception to this rule, okay you can be clean and still get pregnant,“And declared”As a lazy agnostic, I don’t think I should be, say, compelled to take Communion upon entering the Texas legislature. And it’s not that I have anything against consuming crackers, but I think these crackers are generally not very tasty.“
The American Humanist Association is also a supporter of police funding, having posted the following on its Facebook page:
The Freethought Equality Fund PAC is not the only anti-police organization Rosenthal has sought and adopted support for. In recent weeks, Rosenthal has partnered with Bernie Sanders-aligned group Our Revolution for regular phone banks supporting his campaign. Our Revolution is one of the most prominent national groups leading the charge of defining the police. In addition to being supported by Our Revolution, Rosenthal was a guest speaker at their Organize to Win rally earlier this year.
There is no doubt that Jon Rosenthal’s radical fellow travelers will flood District 135 with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the final weeks of this campaign to boost his re-election efforts. With early voting starting on Tuesday, voters must send a message to the polls that Jon Rosenthal’s radical platform does not represent our community.
Mark McCaig is a lawyer and Republican City President in Harris County.