Texans Elect First Jewish Speaker

American VoicesPoliticsreligion ISSUE 45•03 Jan 15, 2009

Joe Straus, a Republican from San Antonio who has been elected speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, is the first Jew to hold the position since Texas became a state. What do you think?

  • “Stupid, deceptively Christian-sounding surname. They should really list candidates' faiths on the ballot.”

    Brady Roren –
    Collections Manager

  • “And people say we aren't progressive! Why just the other—quick! Look down. Here comes a black man.”

    Ian Posdal –
    Office Assistant

  • “This is clear evidence that the dialectical nature of cultural politics eventually creates pathways for Jews to adapt to traditionally non-Semitic institutions. Y'all.”

    Chloe Ballwahn –
    Professor

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