Oct 2, 2013 by

9.30.13 – Women on the Wall Radio Show – Interview with MariJane Smitherman, Barry Smitherman’s wife


Barry Smitherman is a candidate for the office of Texas Attorney General (TAG) – an extremely important office in Texas.


Marijane tells details about her husband, their four children, their stances for conservative values, and their involvement in the pro-life rallies during the 83rd Legislative Session.


Alice Linahan, Rebecca Forrest, David Bellows, and others discuss Smitherman’s personal qualities, involvement with his children and their school curriculum, beliefs, business and political experiences, and rise to prominence.


The sincerity and honesty exhibited by all people on the call is very refreshing and will give Texans encouragement to know that an authentic conservative candidate is on the 2014 ballot.




Below is the letter (discussed on this show) that Barry Smitherman wrote to his daughter’s teacher in which he voices his concerns about the way To Kill a Mockingbird was being taught:

“Intolerance in American Study”

Dear Ms. XXXXX:

This is Barry Smitherman, Louisa’s dad. I am presently helping Louisa with this project. While I’m incredibly supportive of reading and analyzing “To Kill a Mockingbird,” an American Classic set in the early part of the 20th century in the rural south, I’m troubled by the “Us and Them” study material provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).


“To Kill a Mockingbird” not only shows us the tragedy of the Jim Crow south of 60 years ago, played out horribly in the conviction of Tom Robinson for a rape that he didn’t commit; but the book also highlights the strength and integrity of Atticus Finch, some of the townspeople of Macon, and even apparently a few of the jury members who struggled with their verdict.


At the conclusion of the book, Harper Lee has given us hope that the South is moving away from discrimination based upon skin color and toward judging a man (or woman), as Dr. King would say, “not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”


The Southern Poverty Law Center, however, has a more radical view of racism, hate, and intolerance. A quick review of their website shows that the SPLC considers many patriots, Mormons, and Judeo-Christian religious groups across America, including some in Texas, to be hate groups.


For example, the group “Crusaders for Yahweh” is labeled by the SPLC to be a “Christian identity” group and is placed on the SPLC’s national “hate map.” The same with the “Evangelical Latter Day Saints” (Mormons), the Jewish Defense League, which SPLC calls “anti-Arab”, and the Border Guardians, which is labeled by the SPLC as “anti-immigration.” Equally disturbing, the SPLC calls out groups like “We the People”, “patriots”, The “Constitution Party,” and “oath keepers” as groups which subscribe to unfounded conspiracy theories and are “opposed to one world order”.


I identify myself as a Christian and find it intolerant for the SPLC to label me as intolerant. Same with many of the patriot groups that have organized in Texas over the last several years. I personally know members of these groups; and they are focused not on racism but on balancing the federal budget and reducing or eliminating our $16 trillion national debt.


Perhaps you are unaware of the tenants of the SPLC; I encourage you to research it thoroughly during this exercise and to explain to your students that SPLC, which allegedly fights intolerance, is itself often intolerant. Thanks for your consideration of this issue. Barry


For more information about Barry Smitherman’s campaign go to


Women on the Wall (WOW) will be interviewing several TX candidates in the lead up to the 2014 primaries.


Donna Garner

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