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Trump Endangers National Security, And The Religious Right Just Yawns

Let’s engage in a thought experiment: Pretend that it’s May of 2009, and Barack Obama, who has been president for a few months, has just shared some highly classified intelligence with the Russians. Let’s say this material has damaged America’s standing with our allies, exposed sources to possible retaliation and jeopardized the war on terror.

What do you think the leaders of Religious Right groups would be saying? My guess is they’d be calling for his impeachment, if not outright imprisonment.

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.

A Global Movement: State Department Report Reveals Religious Right On The Rise

The State Department yesterday released its annual report on the status of religious freedom around the world. And the results are not particularly encouraging: The report concludes that the right to practice religion (or the lack thereof) freely, and without reprisal, is under threat around the globe.

Ukraine’s Sorrow: Troubled Country Invaded By U.S. Religious Right

Yesterday I received a press release from something calling itself the “American Pastors Network” discussing the group’s recent activities in Ukraine.

I get releases from this organization a lot. Although it calls itself “the first and largest national network of Bible-believing pastors,” the organization seems to consist mainly of a number of fundamentalist preachers in Pennsylvania. Usually they are fulminating against same-sex marriage and gay rights. They really do not like LGBT people.

Russian Caravan: Religious Right Groups Latch Onto Nation’s Extreme Anti-Gay Laws

Russia’s harsh new anti-gay laws have drawn global outcry – but they’re also receiving support from some unexpected quarters. A faction within the Religious Right has put aside its historical distrust of the former “evil empire” to lavish praise on the country’s efforts to curtail the gay rights movement.