House Bill 2889
House Bill 2889, introduced by State Rep. Bryan Slaton, has been making headlines in Texas for proposing a tax break for big families with ten or more children. While the bill may seem like a well-intentioned measure to provide tax relief, concerns have been raised about its underlying motivations and potential consequences.
According to Houston Press, Slaton is a former minister, and an outspoken conservative culture warrior have been connected to Christian nationalist figures like Jake Neidert, who has called for the execution of trans people. The bill, while aimed at providing tax relief, appears to codify and bless the beliefs of the Quiverfull movement, which advocates for large families rooted in white supremacy and the idea that white Christians must birth an army of God.
Critics have pointed out that the bill’s focus on large families may be biased against smaller families or those who choose not to have children. Additionally, it raises concerns about the potential to perpetuate harmful practices like the Quiverfull movement, which often results in poverty, child abuse, and malnutrition.
The bill’s proponents argue that it is part of a pro-family movement and will provide much-needed relief for families with many children. However, it is important to consider the potential consequences of such legislation. While tax relief can be beneficial for many families, it should not come at the expense of perpetuating harmful ideologies or practices.
It is not sure whether House Bill 2889 will gain traction in the Texas Legislature. However, as discussions around property tax relief continue, it is necessary to consider any proposed legislation based on its potential to benefit all Texans, regardless of family size or religious beliefs.
Overall, House Bill 2889 has sparked discussions around property tax relief and the motivations behind such legislation. While the proposed tax break may seem like a well-intentioned measure to provide relief for families with many children, it is necessary to consider the potential consequences of perpetuating harmful practices like the Quiverfull movement. Any tax relief measures should be evaluated based on their potential to benefit all Texans and not discriminate against smaller families or those who choose not to have children.