Project Blitz: A secretive political movement sweeping through the states.

Project Blitz is part of a full-frontal assault by Christian nationalists to force a narrow set of religious beliefs onto the rest of us through increasingly ambitious and discriminatory state laws. Bill after bill, they insert Christian nationalism into our public schools and misuse religious freedom to discriminate. 

The fight to protect religious freedom in the states can’t be ignored. AU has been on the front lines fighting back against this attack for years and will continue to ensure religious freedom protects everyone's right to believe, or not, as we choose, as long as we don't harm others.

The same white Christian nationalist ideology that is behind Project Blitz is also driving the backlash against a deliberate caricature of critical race theory. ... White Christian nationalism is the belief that America is and must remain a Christian nation founded for its white Christian inhabitants, and that our laws and policies must reflect this premise. They completely reject church-state separation.

~ AU President and CEO Rachel Laser in Salon, July 24, 2021

Watch AU President and CEO Rachel Laser explain Project Blitz on this NBC News "Think" episode:

Background

Convened by the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, National Legal Foundation and WallBuilders, Project Blitz is a nefarious political movement aimed at establishing the U.S. as a Christian nation.  

Architects of the Project Blitz playbook start with seemingly less controversial, benign measures that they think can be easily passed under the radar and with little opposition, including displaying “In God We Trust” in public schools and government buildings and establishing Bible classes in public schools.

Once Project Blitz has a foothold in a state, it escalates to bills that promote prayer in public schools and misuse religious freedom to license discrimination, including permitting taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption agencies to turn away potential parents because they are LGBTQ or the “wrong” religion.

However, the successful efforts of AU and allies to expose Project Blitz's harmful agenda led to the group changing its name for 2020 to "Freedom For All" and shifting their efforts even more into the shadows.

Join us to stay informed about Project Blitz bills in your state and how you can fight back against this Christian nationalist agenda.


 

developments

July 2021: Researcher and journalist Frederick Clarkson uncovers the latest Project Blitz playbooks that add some new bills to the Christian nationalist agenda. Read Clarkson's latest, which includes analysis from AU's VP of Public Policy Maggie Garrett, here. Read AU's blog here.

January 2020: State legislatures returned to session and already are gearing up to pass bill after bill that tear down the separation of religion and government. For instance, the day after they returned, Tennessee senators passed a bill that will allow religious discrimination by taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies.

Feb. 6, 2019: AU produced a video to explain and spread the word about Project Blitz. Click these links to share the video on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:


Jan. 31, 2019: AU and a broad coalition of 43 prominent religious, civil rights, secular, LGBTQ and reproductive freedom organizations issued a joint national statement urging state lawmakers nationwide to oppose Project Blitz and related legislation that uses religion as the basis for discrimination. Read AU's press release about the announcement here and a blog post here.

Jan. 28, 2019: AU responded to President Donald Trump tweet in support of Project Blitz's push to have "Bible literacy" classes taught in public schools, even though the intent of the classes is to impose Christian beliefs on public schoolchildren. Read AU's blog post about it here.

Nov. 1, 2018: AU's Church & State magazine offers an in-depth look at how Project Blitz legislation would harm people public school children, the LGBTQ community, women, religious minorities and others.

October 2018: Project Blitz's new 2018-19 playbook was briefly available online. You can still read it here.

June 5, 2018: AU Legislative Advocate Samantha Sokol outlines her research on Project Blitz bills that were proposed in state legislatures during the 2018 legislative session.

May 26, 2018: Katherine Stewart, an investigative journalist and member of AU's National Leadership Council, cites Americans United's research in a piece for The New York Times about Project Blitz.

April 27, 2018: Researcher Frederick Clarkson exposes the Project Blitz playbook in a piece for Religion Dispatches that includes research from AU Legislative Advocate Samantha Sokol and commentary from AU Vice President for Public Policy Maggie Garrett.

Feb. 16, 2016: Project Blitz is launched with a teleconference with state legislators and Project Blitz organizers, including Lea Carawan of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation and David Barton, a "Christian nation" propagandist who leads Wallbuilders.

Press Coverage And Analysis

The Washington Post: "A conservative Christian group is pushing Bible classes in public schools nationwide — and it’s working"

USA Today: "Bills supporting religion-based rejection turning parents away from adoption agencies"

USA Today: "Bible classes in public schools? Why Christian lawmakers are pushing a wave of new bills"

The New York Times: “A Christian Nationalist Blitz

The Guardian: "'In God We Trust’ - the bills Christian nationalists hope will ‘protect religious freedom’"

CNN: "There's a push for classes on the Bible in public schools. And there's also a pushback"

NBC News Think: "Project Blitz and the far right’s plan to destroy the church-state separation"

Huffington Post: "People Question Trump’s Biblical Literacy After He Touts Bible Classes"

Newsweek: "Why Is Donald Trump Praising Bible Literacy Classes?"

Salon: "The Christian nationalist assault on democracy goes stealth — but the pushback is working"

Salon: "Can progressives reclaim "religious freedom" from Trump and the evangelical right?"

Fault Lines, Al Jazeera: "Church of Trump"

Religion Dispatches: "Exclusive: Christian Right Bill Mill, Project Blitz, Hasn't Gone Away, It's Just Gotten More Secretive"

Religion Dispatches“'Project Blitz' Seeks to For Christian Nationalism What ALEC Does for Big Business"

Religion Dispatches“Christian Pol, Attacked for Opposing ‘In God We Trust’ in School, Talks Church and State"

AU Public Policy Advocate Samantha Sokol: “Uncovering Project Blitz: Fighting A Secret, Coordinated Legislative Strategy To Undermine Religious Freedom In The States

AU's Church & State: "Blocking The Blitz: The Religious Right's New Game Plan To Make America More To Its Liking And If It's Not Already In Your State, It Will Be Soon"

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