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Leading Texas education board candidate: Obama was gay prostitute, Democrats killed JFK

This comes from Texas.

Of course it comes from Texas.

Mary Lou Bruner is a Republican who is the leading candidate to take a seat on the policy-setting Texas State Board of Education. In a three-person race last week, she earned nearly 50 percent of the vote, but not enough to avoid a runoff in May, which she is expected to win. If she does, she would face a Democrat in the general election, and, according to the Houston Chronicle, is expected to win.

Bruner has said or written a slew of things about a range of topics that make her stand out among those for whom reality escapes. For example:

Obama has a soft spot for homosexuals because of the years he spent as a male prostitute in his twenties. That is how he paid for his drugs. He has admitted he was addicted to drugs when he was young, and he is sympathetic with homosexuals; but he hasn’t come out of the closet about his own homosexual/bisexual background.
Many people believe the Democrat Party had JFK killed because the socialists and Communists in the party did not want a conservative president. Remember who followed JFK as president — (LBJ). The exact opposite of Kennedy — a socialist and an unethical politician. It does seem like this might have been the master plan: They sneaked the bad guy (LBJ) into the administration on the coat-tail of a good guy (JFK). Then they got rid of the good guy; in the end, they got a socialist president which is what they originally wanted.
School shootings started after the schools started teaching evolution.
When the flood waters subsided and rushed to the oceans there was no vegetation on the earth because the earth had been covered with water. … The dinosaurs on [Noah’s ark] may have been babies and not able to reproduce. … After the flood, the few remaining Behemoths and Leviathans may have become extinct because there was not enough vegetation on earth for them to survive to reproductive age.
Climate change has nothing to do with weather or climate; it is all about system change from capitalism (free enterprise) to Socialism-Communism. The Climate Change HOAX was Karl Marx’s idea. It took some time to “condition” the people so they would believe such a ridiculous HOAX.
Many of the (sexual education) books which teachers read to your small children are not allowed in jails and prisons because of the bad effect the books have on the prisoners. These books stimulate children to experiment with sex.

And there’s this one, about how the United Nations wants to reduce the U.S. population by up to 325 million people (the U.S. population is about 323 million, according to the U.S. Census) by using “Obamacare to make people die a little sooner than they would have died”:

Bruner’s campaign website says that she was a teacher for more than three decades. It includes a page titled “Prayer for my website,” which, of course, has a prayer for the website, which says in part:

Lord, We ask You to show us where we as Christians and as a nation have fallen short of the mark allowing our government leaders to pass evil and ungodly laws which displease God. Please reveal to us where we as a nation went wrong, and what we should do now to get the USA back on course. Please help us to earn the favor and blessings of God again as a nation….

This is hardly the first time the Texas State Board of Education has been in the news.

In 2010, there was controversy over proposed changes to social studies standards by religious conservatives, including one that referred to the U.S. slave trade as the “Atlantic triangular trade.” The board majority approved new social studies textbooks, some of which were criticized as being inaccurate and biased, two years ago. And in 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) appointed as the chair of the Texas Board of Education a Republican from Houston who had been on the board for two years and who home-schooled her three sons before sending them to private schools. Even some Republicans in Texas were shocked at Abbott’s move, but that didn’t stop him.

Here’s how the nonprofit Texas Freedom Network, a watchdog group, explained the Bruner candidacy before she came out on top in the recent vote:

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) has a regrettable — but reliable — history of mixing the culture wars with public education. And, it seems, almost every election cycle — eight of the 15 SBOE seats are up for election this year — at least one candidate promises to make things even worse. This year is not different.
Meet Mary Lou Bruner. If you keep an eye on the SBOE like we do here at TFN, you might have seen her at a hearing here or two railing against Muslims. Bruner is running for the SBOE District 9 seat as a Republican to replace fellow Republican Thomas Ratliff, a moderate who has tried to put an end to the circus atmosphere at the board and is not running for re-election.
Bruner, a former teacher, is not shy about sharing her views on social media. And while one of Bruner’s opponents, Hank Hering, has a concerning statement on his website that appears to dismiss the constitutional separation between church and state (“Restore principles and policies originally established by strong Judeo-Christian beliefs put in place by our Founders”), his public statements do not approach Bruner’s level of outrageousness.
From Bruner’s postings we know that if she wins the March 1 Republican primary — her opponents are Hering and Lufkin Independent School Board President Keven Ellis — and again in the November general, the board will have a member who, among other things, calls evolution a plot to promote godlessness, says slavery did not become an issue until the Civil War was well underway, and subscribes to a variety of fringe conspiracy theories — including a claim that President Obama once financed a drug habit by working as a prostitute….
Bruner’s views on a variety of topics are too numerous to list here. If the above is any indication, her election would have the board often making headlines for all the wrong reasons … again.