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The Religious Right Remains Fascinated With Russian Totalitarianism

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a Religious Right group founded to oppose marriage equality. The Supreme Court upheld that concept in 2015, so NOM has closed up shop, right?

Well, no. Since that defeat, NOM has kept busy doing other things – like trying to make the United States more like Russia.

Around The World: Russia Considering Ban On Jehovah’s Witnesses

In an effort to limit nontraditional Christian movements, the Russian government is attempting to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses by labeling them an “extremist” group.

In a claim filed on March 15, Russia’s Justice Ministry urged the country’s Supreme Court to liquidate the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ administrative offices in the country and label the church an “extremist” organization. The Justice Ministry argues that the group promotes material of “an extremist nature.”

The Witnesses are estimated to have 395 meeting houses in Russia.

Persecution-Free Park: Religious Freedom Still Not Under Attack In America

I just got back from a week-long vacation with my wife and son. We were in Acadia National Park in Maine.

On our second day in the park, I noticed something unusual outside of the Hulls Cove Visitor Center: Three Jehovah’s Witnesses were standing outside the center on a patch of grass offering people religious literature. Among them was a magazine explaining the Witnesses’ creationist view of how the world came into being.

Backroom Backing: North Carolina City Quietly Votes To Fund Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention

As part of a backroom deal, the city council of Raleigh, N.C., has decided to provide $150,000 so the Jehovah’s Witnesses can hold a major event locally.

Council members approved the handout earlier this month in a closed-door vote so that the Jehovah’s Witnesses can hold their annual convention at PNC Arena in Raleigh next year, Indy Week reported.

Pledge Provocation: What's Wrong With Knowing Your Rights?

Recently, the Fox News Channel rang up the Rev. Barry Lynn, AU's executive director, to discuss what he thinks about reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools.

Since they asked, he answered.

"The Pledge of Allegiance creates a constitutional problem," he said. "You have to tell students they can opt out."

For some reason, this statement has generated some controversy – as if it is so reprehensible to want to educate students about their rights!