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New Congress, New Challenges

Jim Inhofe, a Republican U.S. sen­ator from Oklahoma, believes the making of public policy should be left to a higher power.

“[G]od’s still up there,” Inhofe, a Religious Right ally, opined in 2012. “The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”   Read more

Faith Fibs: Religious Right Falsely Claims Army Chaplain Was Punished Simply For Sharing His Beliefs

Another day, another phony outrage from the Religious Right. This time, the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) are claiming that a U.S. Army chaplain was punished for simply sharing his faith at an official event. But as usual, these fundamentalists aren’t telling the whole story.    

Last month, Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn, a captain and the official chaplain of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion, conducted a session on suicide prevention at Fort Benning in Georgia. Attendance at the event was mandatory, giving Lawhorn a large, captive audience. Read more

Apocalypse Now?

Religious Right attorney Mat Staver doesn’t mince words when it comes to same-sex marriage.

“This is something that I believe is the beginning of the end of Western Civilization,” Staver told a conservative radio station in October. “You can’t simply redefine and pretend that ontological differences between men and women do not exist. This will have consequences.”

Staver, who until recently served as dean of Liberty University’s law school, insisted that acceptance of marriage equality will “make the society unstable.” Read more

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

Religious Right Leaders Call For Impeaching Judge After Pa. Marriage Ruling

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

Stamp Of Disapproval: AFA Wants To Cancel Postal Honor For Gay-Rights Pioneer

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.

I keep my eyes open for issues that depict subjects beyond the usual flags and flowers. The recently released Jimi Hendrix stamp was a real find. Read more

Fischer’s Fantasy: American Family Association Official Claims States Can Ban Islam

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

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

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