Texas Attorney General Accepts Vision America Award

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott stopped by Nacogdoches last night to speak at Vision America’s “Guardian of the Family” Gala and accept the organization’s “Texas Guardian of the Family Award” … and judging by the speech he delivered, it’s easy to see why Vision America felt he deserved the honor:

Stoking patriotic sentiments among the crowd, made up of various Christian congregations and local elected officials, Abbott read off a list of politically pointed quips that parodied comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s “You might be a redneck” one-liners that were popular in the 1990s.

“You might be a true American if it never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase ‘one nation under God.’ You might be a true American if you’ve never protested against a public display of the Ten Commandments,” he said. “You might be a true American if at Christmas time you still say ‘Merry Christmas’ as opposed to ‘Happy Winter Festival.'”

But on a more serious note, the state attorney general also addressed his appeal to a Texas judge’s decision to grant two Dallas men who were married in Massachusetts a divorce this past October. Abbott claimed that because Texas already has a ban on same-sex marriages, allowing the divorce of the two men would retroactively recognize same-sex marriages.

“Marriage is not man-made law. It’s man’s decision to adopt God’s law. Man cannot redefine God’s law, and yet they still try,” Abbott said. “This is the first time that any judge has ruled that traditional marriage laws violate the U.S. Constitution.”

The ruling judge in that case argued that the courts do indeed have jurisdiction to dissolve legal marriages from other states, and just last month, another such same-sex divorce was approved by another judge in Austin. Abbott has also sought an appeal to that case involving two women, also married in Massachusetts … Abbott then praised his own defense of a 2003 law that requires public school students to begin their school day by observing a mandatory one-minute of silence in order to pray, reflect or remain quiet. The courts upheld the constitutionality of the moment-of-silence law because it did not require that students use it exclusively for prayer.

Abbott had to duck out early because he was scheduled to make an appearance on Fox News’ “The Sean Hannity Show.”  But before leaving, he made sure to stress the need for Christians to mobilize politically:

“Think what the country would look like if 100 percent of the people who worship God voted their values in each election. Together they would ensure a country that is more reflective of a God that gave us our inalienable rights,” he said.