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New Braunfels MLK Promotes ‘Unity in the Community’ Monday While New Braunfels Conservatives Talk TEXIT

Image of unity rocks, painted to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, courtesy of the New Braunfels MLK Association.

The New Braunfels MLK Association celebrated the birthday of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Facebook Monday, wrapping up several virtual programs promoting “unity in the community.”

It was a different story over at the Village Venue, where the president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, Daniel Miller, explained to audience members at a New Braunfels Conservatives meeting why unity isn’t such a good idea for Texas, which he believes should secede from the United States and become an independent nation.

Joining him on stage was Texas State Rep. Kyle Biedermann, the Fredericksburg Republican who represents Canyon Lake in District 73.

Biedermann said he plans to introduce a Texas Independence Referendum Act during state’s 87th legislative session because the federal government is “out of control and doesn’t represent the values of Texans.”

Miller said the Texas wouldn’t be “leaving” America and that secession — popularly referred to as #TEXIT on social media — isn’t about Republicans or Democrats, left or right, Black, white or LatinX.

“America is not the federal government,” he said. “America is a set of principals, ideas, things that are fundamental.”

Texas is “increasingly groaning under the weight of the out-of-control federal system,” Miller said. “…People are sick and tired of living under 180,000 pages of federal laws taller than the San Jacinto Monument.”

He described Texas as a “piggybank for every crazy socialist program that they can drum up.”

To watch Biedermann and Miller’s speech on Facebook, click here.

On Facebook today, Biedermann posted an image of dozens of largely unmasked audience members talking to each other.

To see Monday’s presentation by the New Braunfels MLK Association, click here.

Bishop Michael Franklin, president of the group, had a different take on politics.

He said the New Braunfels MLK Association condemns seditious acts like the Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol building by supporters of President Donald Trump.

“We stand against those who encourage such violence,” he said. “And those whose rhetoric empowers such behaviors. Join us as we continue to pray for U.S. leadership and the peace and stability of our society.”

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