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
A federal judge who issued a decision striking down Pennsylvania’s same-sex marriage ban should be impeached, Religious Right groups say.
The target of right-wing wrath is U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, who in May invalidated the state’s 18-year-old “Defense of Marriage Act.” In a 39-page ruling in Whitewood v. Wolf, Jones said, “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”
Jones added: “Encompassed within the right to liberty is the fundamental right to marry.” Read more
When I was a kid, I enjoyed collecting stamps. Although I didn’t stay with the hobby into adulthood, I still like to buy my stamps online so I can see the whole range of what the U.S. Post Office has to offer.
Bryan Fischer, the director of issue analysis for government and public policy at the American Family Association (AFA), makes it a point to say something offensive pretty much every day.
Fischer first came to Americans United’s attention back in 2009, when he told attendees of the Religious Right’s “Values Voter Summit” that Adolf Hitler invented the separation of church and state. Read more
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
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
Far too many people associate Christianity with homophobia thanks to Religious Right groups like the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA). A group of faithful moderates is out to change that perception. Read more
Way back in the 1630s, the leaders of Puritan Massachusetts got the bright idea that every adult in the colony should be required to swear a loyalty oath to the governor that ended with the phrase “So help me God.”
The iconoclastic Puritan preacher Roger Williams was not impressed.
“A magistrate ought not to tender an oath to an unregenerate man,” he observed. Doing so, Williams asserted, would cause the oath taker “to take the name of God in vain.” Read more