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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

Stamp Of Disapproval: AFA Wants To Cancel Postal Honor For Gay-Rights Pioneer

When I was a kid, I enjoyed collecting stamps. Although I didn’t stay with the hobby into adulthood, I still like to buy my stamps online so I can see the whole range of what the U.S. Post Office has to offer.

I keep my eyes open for issues that depict subjects beyond the usual flags and flowers. The recently released Jimi Hendrix stamp was a real find. Read more

Fischer’s Fantasy: American Family Association Official Claims States Can Ban Islam

Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at the American Family Association (AFA), makes it a point to say something offensive pretty much every day.

Fischer first came to Americans United’s attention back in 2009, when he told attendees of the Religious Right’s “Values Voter Summit” that Adolf Hitler invented the separation of church and state. Read more

Outrageous Oration: Values Voter Summit Ignores Reality

This past weekend, a collection of Religious Right groups, including the Family Research Council (FRC), American Family Association (AFA) and Liberty Counsel, held an event in Washington, D.C., called the Values Voter Summit (VVS). It’s an annual opportunity for the forces of the Religious Right to strategize on how they can “take America back.” Read more

Values Void: Religious Right Group Says Southern Poverty Law Center Is ‘Agent Of Hate’

A few days ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) issued a press release urging members of Congress not to attend the Family Research Council’s annual “Values Voter Summit,” which kicks off today.

The SPLC noted that the FRC and the American Family Association (AFA), which co-sponsors the Summit, “have long records of vilifying the LGBT community and spreading other forms of bigotry.” Read more

Compassionate Christians: Despite What The Religious Right Says, Many People Of Faith Support LGBT Rights

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. Read more

Oath Oppression: It Makes No Sense To Coerce People To Swear To A God They Don’t Believe In

Way back in the 1630s, the leaders of Puritan Massachusetts got the bright idea that every adult in the colony should be required to swear a loyalty oath to the governor that ended with the phrase “So help me God.”

The iconoclastic Puritan preacher Roger Williams was not impressed.

“A magistrate ought not to tender an oath to an unregenerate man,” he observed. Doing so, Williams asserted, would cause the oath taker “to take the name of God in vain.” Read more

Prayer Panacea?: Ky. Group Says ‘Inspirational Messages’ In Public Schools Will Solve Several Ills

A Religious Right group in Kentucky is calling on parents to demand the right to deliver “inspirational messages” during public school assemblies, and they’re providing some interesting “facts” to make their case.

The Kentucky chapter of the American Family Association (AFA) just released a petition that declares, in no uncertain terms, that prayer in schools will take us back to Jesus and best of all, boost student test scores, lower the crime rate and even decrease the rate of HIV infection. Read more

Mad Over Marriage: Religious Right Responds To Today’s Supreme Court Rulings

You could say that the American Family Association (AFA) isn’t pleased about today’s Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality.

By a 5-4 vote, the high court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), meaning that same-sex couples who are lawfully wed in states with marriage equality will have access to a range of federal benefits. This is a pretty big deal. Read more

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