(Newswire.net — May 25, 2016) — In its 2016 platform, the Republican Party of Texas suggested that all Texans are homosexual, the Washington Post reported.
Paragraph 84 of the new GOP platform states: “Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that has [sic] been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nations [sic] founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.”
What GOP leaders meant to say is that most Texans believe homosexuality is contrary to God’s “unchanging truths,” although the majority actually don’t mix the Bible with policy. The excerpt is a poor copy of the passage from Texas GOP’s 2014 platform which says:
“Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that have been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nation’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans.”
These opinions on homosexuality run back for decades among the Republicans. The new platform statement does not imply straightforward that most Texans are gay. It claims only that they “share” homosexuality. But if the meaning is analyzed, it leads to the conclusion that all Texans are gay, the Washington Post reported.
Language is complex, people make minor and unimportant grammatical mistakes all the time. Those two combined however, can twist an idea and lead to the wrong conclusion.
The report sparked various comments between GOP supporters and Democrats. “That’s what happens in states that do not make education a priority,” one post read.
“I was a secretary in the 1960’s. In those days a real secretary’s purpose was to know spelling, punctuation, syntax, and how to re-write the content as dictated by the boss so it was legible and followed the rules of grammar. Many schools have given up even the weakest effort when it comes to teaching those skills. Instead, they justify sub-standard education by saying kids will be using computers anyway and don’t need to know how to spell or punctuate because the machines will do it for them,” the post continued. Others agreed that the issue of literacy in the era of fast text messaging should be addressed.