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Hate Peddlers

Americans United enjoyed a dubious distinction late in February: Within the space of a week, the organization was singled out for attack by two Religious Right groups.

First out of the gate was the Liberty Institute, a Religious Right legal group based in Texas. The Institute published an article titled “5 Dangerous Enemies Against Your Christian Faith” on the website Charisma News. Americans United was among the five. Read more

Bumpy Lane: Religious Right Operative Seeks To Build (Another) Church-Based Political Machine

Here’s what the country doesn’t need right now: another zealot aiming to mobilize right-wing pastors to become a force in electoral politics.

Yet that’s what the country is getting. Read more

AU Warns La. Governor Over Plans To Host Official Prayer Rally

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has asked Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to end his sponsorship and endorsement of an evangelistic Christian prayer rally, calling his behavior inappropriate and possibly illegal.

Jindal used official state letterhead to invite residents to “The Response-Louisiana,” a fundamentalist Christian event that, in Jindal’s words, promotes the idea that “Jesus Christ, Son of God and the Lord of Life, is America’s only hope.” Read more

Fischer Foul: Far Right Hate Group Demotes Fringe Radio Host Ahead of Israel Trip

Perhaps you’ve heard of Bryan Fischer who, until recently, held a top spot at the American Family Association (AFA).

In fact, it’s slightly more likely you’ve heard of Fischer than you have his employer, at least by word of mouth. He likes to make an impact and in this endeavor he certainly succeeds. Right Wing Watch reports that just this week, he claimed on his radio broadcast that LGBTQ people have been “taken captive” by Satan himself.    Read more

New Congress, New Challenges

Jim Inhofe, a Republican U.S. sen­ator from Oklahoma, believes the making of public policy should be left to a higher power.

“[G]od’s still up there,” Inhofe, a Religious Right ally, opined in 2012. “The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”   Read more

Faith Fibs: Religious Right Falsely Claims Army Chaplain Was Punished Simply For Sharing His Beliefs

Another day, another phony outrage from the Religious Right. This time, the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) are claiming that a U.S. Army chaplain was punished for simply sharing his faith at an official event. But as usual, these fundamentalists aren’t telling the whole story.    

Last month, Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn, a captain and the official chaplain of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, conducted a session on suicide prevention at Fort Benning in Georgia. Attendance at the event was mandatory, giving Lawhorn a large, captive audience. Read more

Apocalypse Now?

Religious Right attorney Mat Staver doesn’t mince words when it comes to same-sex marriage.

“This is something that I believe is the beginning of the end of Western Civilization,” Staver told a conservative radio station in October. “You can’t simply redefine and pretend that ontological differences between men and women do not exist. This will have consequences.”

Staver, who until recently served as dean of Liberty University’s law school, insisted that acceptance of marriage equality will “make the society unstable.” Read more

Land Of The Lost: Highlights From The Values Voter Summit

The Religious Right’s annual “Values Voter Summit” (VVS) took place over the weekend in Washington, D.C. As usual, it was a mix of homophobia, Islamophobia, religious revivalism and bashing of President Barack Obama disguised as a policy conference.   Read more

Religious Right Leaders Call For Impeaching Judge After Pa. Marriage Ruling

A federal judge who issued a decision striking down Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban should be impeached, Religious Right groups say.

The target of right-wing wrath is U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, who in May invalidated the state’s 18-year-old “Defense of Marriage Act.” In a 39-page ruling in Whitewood v. Wolf, Jones said, “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”

Jones added: “Encompassed with­in the right to liberty is the fundamental right to marry.” Read more

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