Back in the 1990s when I was regularly covering the antics of TV preacher Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition, one part of the job was particularly distasteful: listening to speeches by Rabbi Daniel Lapin.
Far too many people associate Christianity with homophobia thanks to Religious Right groups like the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA). A group of faithful moderates is out to change that perception.
Every day, Americans United staff members read numerous secular and religious publications, check out TV and radio preachers and drop by various Religious Right Web sites and other sources. We monitor the theocrats, so you don't have to. (No, there's no need to thank us.)
Here's a roundup of some recent tidbits you might have missed:
It's always interesting when a high-profile Religious Right activist has a change of heart.
Consider Frank Schaeffer. The name may not be familiar to you, but Schaeffer's father, theologian and Presbyterian pastor Francis Schaeffer, was pivotal in the creation of the Religious Right. As John W. Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute wrote recently, "In fact, without the influence of Francis Schaeffer, who often was prodded into action by Frank, the so-called Christian Right of today would not exist."