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Grayson's Opponent Boasts Support From Far Right Texas Conservative

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In 2004, for instance, the platform advocated the following:

1. The abolition of the IRS and the repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment.
2. The elimination of the income tax, inheritance tax, gift tax, capital gains tax, corporate income tax, and payroll tax.
3. "an orderly transition to a system of private pensions based on the concept of individual retirement accounts, and gradually phasing out the Social Security tax."
4. The abolition of the Department of Education.
5. Eliminating the government's right to restrict public display of "the Decalogue" (a.k.a. the 10 Commandments).

The Texas GOP also "opposes the legalization of sodomy," and holds that "[h]omosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country's founders, and shared by the majority of Texans."

Neither Barton nor Webster responded to requests for comment.

Barton is the found of the evangelical organization WallBuilders and was instrumental in Texas' efforts to change its state's (and the nation's) textbook standards.

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