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Story Time: Julia Learns To Disrespect Others

Last weekend, I joined my colleagues at the Values Voters Summit. It’s possible to predict much of what we’ll hear at this event. The Religious Right, populated with biblical literalists, doesn’t often update its script. Religious liberty (theirs, not ours) is under attack. Children are being corrupted by the world. And the engine for that corruption is often identified as the so-called “gay agenda.”
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Land Of The Lost: Highlights From The Values Voter Summit

The Religious Right’s annual “Values Voter Summit” (VVS) took place over the weekend in Washington, D.C. As usual, it was a mix of homophobia, Islamophobia, religious revivalism and bashing of President Barack Obama disguised as a policy conference.   Read more

(Un)Fantastic Five: A Remembrance Of Values Voter Summits Past

The Religious Right’s annual “Values Voter Summit” (VVS) takes place this weekend. Americans United staffers Simon Brown, Sarah Jones and I will be there. (Barry Lynn usually pops in too, in case anyone wants to take a selfie with him.)

If you are a religious person, please pray for us. If you’re not religious, please forward some recommendations for stress-relief strategies – favorite liquors, ice-cream brands, yoga positions, etc. – as I suspect we’ll all need some way to unwind when this thing is over. Read more

St. Louis AU Instrumental in Religious Liberty Win

The Board of Aldermen in Ballwin, Mo., recently voted 6-2 against posting an “In God We Trust” plaque in their meeting room. The Knights of Columbus had pledged to donate $750 to cover the expense.
 
Working with area secular groups, St. Louis AU and ADL provided a religious voice for why church-state separation is important to both people of faith and non-believers alike.
 
St. Louis AU Chapter President Cynthia Holmes delivered stirring testimony before the Board, as did secular activist Nikki Moungo.  AU chapter members, the St.

San Antonio AU Presents Prof. Gerald E. Poyo

San Antonio AU, in collaboration with Southwest Workers Union and Bihl Haus Arts, presents Prof. Gerald E. Poyo. Prof. Poyo is speaking on “Social Justice Catholics and the Cuban Revolution.”

Dr. Poyo is professor of history and department chair at St. Mary’s University.  He is the author of three books on the Cuban exile experience of the 19th and 20th centuries and the editor of four books on U.S. Latino Catholicism and Mexican American history and literature. Read more

Love For Sale: Values Voter Summit Screens Dubious Historical ‘Romance’ Film

The Values Voters Summit is upon us again, which means we’re in for another round of lectures on the superiority of “traditional” marriage. Given the successes enjoyed by marriage equality advocates this year, you could be forgiven for thinking that Religious Right leaders would at least acknowledge that the tide is against them. Read more

Backdoor Blasphemy: Pa. County Intends To Pursue Jesus Statue ‘Desecration’ Case

It seems a Pennsylvania county has its heart set on enforcing a backdoor blasphemy law thanks to a persistent and misguided district attorney.

Earlier this month, a story made the rounds on social media concerning a 14-year-old boy in Everett, Pa., who posted on Facebook a photo of himself simulating a sex act with a statue of Jesus. Read more

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