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Retreating Or Repositioning?: Southern Baptists And The ‘Culture War’

When the Religious Right started to become a prominent force in American politics in the late 1970s, its advocates had a major impact on the country’s largest Protestant denomination: the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

Younger readers may be surprised to read that the SBC, which claims 16 million members, used to be fairly moderate on social issues. It strongly supported the separation of church and state, citing historical Baptist leaders like John Leland and Isaac Backus. Read more

Publicly Funded Presidential Prayers?: Former ‘Faith-Based’ Office Director Releases Book Of Daily Devotionals

If you’ve ever wondered about the spiritual life of President Obama (and I bet you have), the former head of his Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships has a real treat for you in his new book of daily devotionals. Read more

Extremism Expunged: In Kansas, A Religious Right Hero Gets His Comeuppance

At the Religious Right’s recent Values Voter Summit, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange talked about how far-right attorneys general can undermine progressive policies in the states and promote extreme conservatism.

Strange might want to consult with a guy name Phill Kline before going too far with that.

Kline was Kansas’ attorney general from 2003-2007 and later district attorney in Johnson County. An extreme fundamentalist, he decided to spend much of his time harassing abortion providers. Read more

Everything Old Is New Again: Culture Warriors Seek Flock Of Young Recruits

The rhetoric offered at last weekend’s Values Voters Summit confirmed an Orwellian truth: The Religious Right has always been at war with Eastasia. Its manufactured culture war remains at the heart of its message – and it needs young people to take up the fight.

Viewed through this militant lens, the Religious Right’s fixation on the young makes sense. Armies recruit, and lately, recruitment is down. They're losing the younger generation. Read more

Curses, Foiled Again!: Textbook Publishers Stand Up For Science

The motto of fundamentalists who want to force creationism into public school science textbooks in Texas must be: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try and try again. But it seems they’ll just have to keep on trying because their latest push has run into a roadblock: Textbook publishers refuse to play along. Read more

Winston-Salem AU Hosts Elizabeth Freeze from Planned Parenthood

On Tuesday, October 22, the Winston-Salem AU chapter will host Elizabeth Freeze from Planned Parenthood.  Ms. Freeze will talk about current attacks on women's health care, particularly on birth control and abortion.  AU has spoken out about attacks led by the Catholic Bishops and Religious Right leaders.  Ms. Freeze will share information on the state of women's health care in North Carolina, and how people can get involved in fighting back. Read more

Contraception Conundrum: The Religious Right Redefines Contraception, Conscience, And Constitutional Law

In response to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage, “conscience” has become the Religious Right’s newest mantra. Far-right groups have rallied around the claim that publicly subsidized coverage for birth control forces them to violate their consciences.

So it’s little surprise the topic took center stage at this year’s Values Voters Summit. At a panel on the ACA, “Obamacare” to many, speakers decried the bill and the Department of Health and Human Service’s contraceptive mandate in particular as a terrific blow to religious liberty.
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Tyranny: At The Values Voter Summit, A Heavy Word Is So Lightly Thrown

Yesterday my colleague Simon Brown offered some thoughts on the Religious Right's  Values Voter Summit, which he attended this weekend. 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

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