In addition to voting for the next leader of our country, Oklahomans will be casting their vote on a number of state ballot measures in November. As the president of AU’s Oklahoma Chapter, I hope we vote down State Question 790.
Every now and then, I find it useful to take a break from monitoring the familiar Religious Right groups and venture into the darker corners of the web where the lunatic fringe lurks. You see some interesting – and disturbing – things there.
For example, a group of far-right, fundamentalist Lutherans has been debating whether a woman can be president. Their answer is no. It is, you see, unbiblical.
Plenty of fear tactics have been used by the Religious Right and its allies this campaign season to encourage others to vote the way these far-right fundamentalists want.
The nation heard more of the same during the third and final presidential debate last night. Once again, the main topics of discussion were things like national security, jobs and the deficit.
The state of the economy and how we’ll fight ISIS are important, to be sure. But we heard a lot about these issues during the first two debates. At times, last night’s debate felt like a repeat of the first two.
By now, you’ve probably heard many of the silly excuses the Religious Right has made for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s serial misogyny.
“America is no longer a white, Christian country,” says author Robert P. Jones in a video interview featured in The Atlantic last week. And the backlash is swift and unfeeling.
Beleaguered Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been aggressively wooing conservative evangelical Christians for months, but he recently took some time out to target another religious group: Hindus.
Last week Trump spoke to the crowd at a Hindu charity concert in New Jersey. Politico reported that Trump addressed about 10,000 attendees between acts of the Bollywood-themed show.
I opened up my Washington Post yesterday morning – yes, I still read a paper edition – only to see a full-page ad on page A7 headlined, “DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE UPON GOD AND HIS HOLY BIBLE.”
“Oh, this ought to be good,” I thought.
Indeed, the ad didn’t disappoint. It stated that people have certain rights given to them by the Creator and among them “is the right to exercise our Christian beliefs as put forth in God’s Holy Bible.”
On Saturday, AU’s Director of Communications Rob Boston wrote a blog post detailing the Religious Right’s reaction to videotape that exposed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bragging about how he can commit sexual assault and harassment and get away with it because he’s famous.
In case you need a reminder:
It seems in recent years that whenever churches break the federal law prohibiting houses of worship and other 501(c)(3) non-profits from endorsing or opposing candidates, the Internal Revenue Service treats those violations with a shrug. And with all the talk this election season about repealing that anti-politicking law, Americans United felt it necessary to ask the IRS what it plans to do going forward to enforce a law that is good for both democracy and faith.