Articles by Philip Sevilla

“Bexar County Executive Committee Meeting was like a Bad Dream”

What happened at the Bexar County Republican Executive Committee meeting this past Monday night was, according to one precinct chair, “like a bad dream”. While many members of the committee expected a lively debate and greater than normal attendance, which there was, what was not envisioned was what appeared to be a carefully orchestrated effort to stifle and obstruct any possibility that committee members would hear a resolution to censure Speaker Joe Straus and be able to vote. The widespread dissatisfaction of the attendees towards Chairman Robert Stovall’s questionable rulings  culminated in a raucous, confrontational atmosphere throughout most of the…


Pattern of Obstruction and Political Chicanery

On October 9th, the Bexar County Republican Party Executive Committee will vote on the Rule 44 Censure resolution addressing Speaker Joe Straus. While county officials have attempted to construct a firewall to stop any deliberation let alone a vote by the whole committee through parliamentary tricks, it is highly doubtful that these tactics will prevail in stopping the democratic process that Texas Republicans in Bexar County prize and hold dear. Many precinct chairs are outraged by the artificial and arbitrary restrictions set up by County Chair, Robert Stovall, and his staff to silence and disenfranchise Straus’ critics. Popular support for…


Southern Poverty Law Center Exposed

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) publicly stated mission is to expose hate groups while teaching tolerance and seeking justice according to information published on the group’s website. The SPLC, based in Montgomery, Alabama considers itself to be the  “premier U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists – including the Ku Klux  Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, antigovernment militias, Christian Identity adherents and others.” The  center boasts that they provide expertise assisting law enforcement and informing media and the public about more than 1,600 extremist groups  operating  around the U.S….


“The Younger Generation Gets It!”

Ruby Polanco, a high school senior student at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, a college preparatory public charter school, petitioned the San Antonio Independent School District a year ago to revise the district’s non-discrimination policy to now include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The SAISD complied with the precocious teen’s request and the eight  member board of trustees voted unanimously for the change in the district’s Employee and Student Welfare Policy on August 22nd. The school’s original non-discrimination policy which was consistent with other Bexar County school districts barred discrimination on the “basis of race, color, national origin,…


The Nashville Statement

No, the Nashville Statement is not a new manifesto by skinheads and white supremacists declaring war on anarchists attacking civil war monuments or Nashville announcing an upcoming reunion of country music icons at the Grand Old Opry. The statement is rather a serious work of evangelical leaders who drafted a unified statement affirming biblical truths on sexual morality during the recent annual conference in August sponsored by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The statement was published online on August 29, 2017 and signed by 150 Evangelical pastors and Conservative Christian leaders….


Hurricane Harvey Disaster Response – Who is My Neighbor?

All eyes are on Texas as America experiences one of the worst natural disasters  to beset America (some say of biblical proportions). We pray and act, giving our time, talent, and treasure to help thousands who are suffering from this catastrophe on the Gulf Coast. We all can help. Our Lord said so! The gospel message in Luke 10:30-37 is clear. In his recent newsletter on Hurricane Harvey, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recommends readers support worthy relief organizations like Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is one of these wonderful organizations. They are collecting donations to mobilize disaster relief teams to the…


Protect and Preserve Our Monuments

In Alexis de Tocqueville’s masterful critique of life in 19th century America, Democracy in America, his attention was drawn to many facets of American culture at the time, commenting on the manners and temperament of the people who were living the most radical socio-political experiment at the time that defined the new American republic. The young French nobleman arrived in America in 1831, fully aware of the excesses and brutality of the Jacobin and “third estate” mobs in Paris who guillotined King Louis XVI in 1793 and executed thousands of enemies of the state during the reign of terror in…


Summer’s Gone – Legislature Adjourns Early – Results

Yes, summer’s gone as the Beach Boys’ mournful ode to the waning days of hot summer days reminds us (not yet in South Texas!) and so is the summer special season at the state capitol. “Sine die” adjournment was abruptly called by the Texas House leadership a day early last Tuesday, August 15th. By prematurely adjourning the Texas House without warning before the scheduled time and arrogantly ignoring the objections from the floor, denying members the right to vote on the early adjournment, Straus ensured the demise of the Governor’s priority legislation such as property tax reform, paycheck protection, privacy…


Pastors’ Rallying Cry: ‘Let the House Vote!’

Over a hundred pastors and concerned Texans – fathers, mothers, daughters, people of faith representing millions of conservative Texans  with  deeply held traditional values – came together from all over Texas last Thursday, a hot and muggy mid-morning,  on the steps of the Capitol to voice their unified support for the Texas Privacy Act (SB3) passed by the State Senate last month and currently languishing in the House under the leadership of Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) and State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).  The often repeated rallying cry led by the speakers was “Let the House Vote!” with…


You’ve Done Well, Captain Patrick!

Good news out of Austin. Since July 18th when the Texas legislative special session kicked off, state senators under the steady hand of Lt. Governor Patrick have passed in a little more than week’s time substantive high priority, high profile bills affirming Texas as the bastion of American freedom and a bulwalk defending the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage with regards to the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and family life, and individual freedom against the constant assaults on America. The critical sunset bill was passed with superhero blinding speed after the first two days of the session. Then the state senate…