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Radical Reaction: Extremist Groups Enraged By Supreme Court’s Action On Marriage Equality

Yesterday morning, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to opponents of marriage equality. It refused to hear every one of the appeals filed by five states whose same-sex marriage bans have been struck down in lower courts; that means the bans remain off the books, and marriage equality is in effect in these states. Read more

Desiring Diversity: AU Asks Mich. City With Government-Owned Cross To Allow More Displays

When it comes to religion and government, the constitutional choice is all or nothing: either every viewpoint is welcome or none at all. Of course, including every perspective can get a little unwieldy – as officials in Grand Haven, Mich., may soon discover. Read more

Shooting Her Mouth Off: Ark. Firing Range Owner Announces ‘Muslim-Free’ Zone

An Arkansas woman has declared her gun range a “Muslim-free zone.” Jan Morgan, proprietor of The Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range, announced the change on the business’ Facebook page; as justification, she cited the “strange behavior” of two recent patrons Morgan assumed to be of Middle Eastern descent.
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Sins Of Omission: When Religious Right Leaders Speak, The Whole Truth Is Often Left Behind

When an individual doesn’t feel like being absolutely truthful, there are a couple of things he or she can do. One is to simply tell lies. Another, perhaps more common tactic, is to omit certain pieces of information, thus giving the listener an incomplete picture.

The latter tactic was on full display this year during the Religious Right’s “Values Voter Summit” last week, and perhaps no one used it better than a man named Kelly Shackelford. Read more

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

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

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