Well this is just splendid: the Texas Republican Party is insisting on keeping endorsements of anti-gay "reparative therapy" as apart of the official GOP platform. Therapy which California and New Jersey have both banned, therapy which the American Psychological Association has deemed as harmful, therapy whose own adherents admit to being damaging and ineffectual. All because the GOP is scared of losing the crazies who want to implement religious dogma into state law, evidenced by some wanting to replace the term "homosexuality" with the much broader "sexual sins." As if that won't open a whole new subjective can of worms.
Stuff like this is why I don't think I ever want to move back to Texas. The religious lunacy is simply too strong, and I simply haven't the time to backhand everyone who needs it. Then there's the whole "open carry" crowd, who are their own special brand of cuckoo for another post at another time.
If non-crazy Republicans want to salvage their party and return to being a group that has something to actually bring to the table on the topic of public discourse and the successful management of a world superpower for however much longer that title may still apply, then they need to grow a spine and risk alienating the loonies. So long as the Tea Partiers and American Taliban have the so-called "moderate Republicans" by the short hairs, the party is going to continue sliding down the drain until they drown on the dogmatic insanity.