An obscure Religious Right group met this week in Salt Lake City, Utah, to outline its fundamentalist vision for the United States.
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.
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.
Today is the 18th annual Day of Silence, an activist effort designed to bring attention to anti-LGBT bullying in schools and colleges. Founded by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the project encourages students to take a vow of silence for the day to demonstrate the “silencing effect” that bullying and harassment has on LGBT youth.
The world’s eyes are on Russia.
That’s probably little surprise, since the country is set to host the Winter Olympics next month. But its anti-gay policies threaten to distract from the Olympic pageantry as a government crackdown on LGBT activists raises global ire.
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.
Just how radical is Religious Right leader Tony Perkins?
Consider this: Earlier in the week, the Family Research Council (FRC) president sent a tweet praising the president of Uganda and blasting those who oppose him.
“American Liberals are upset,” tweeted Perkins on Monday, “that Ugandan Pres is leading his nation in repentance – afraid of a modern example of a nation prospered by God?”