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Lost Weekend

Republican presidential hope­ful U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a rather ambitious plan for day one of his term as chief executive. Read more

Controversy Swirls Over Pope’s Meeting With Kim Davis During D.C. Visit

Controversy has erupted over a meeting Pope Francis had with Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis during his September visit to Washington, D.C., with some church officials claiming the event was brief and was not intended to express support for her.

The Rev. Frederico Lombardi “confirmed the meeting, but declined to elaborate on it. He said he ‘did not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add,’” The New York Times reported. Lombardi also confirmed the meeting to Buzzfeed News. Read more

Mad Men

Marriage equality is now the law of the land in the United States – a fact that is not sitting well with the Religious Right.

“From a moral standpoint, 6/26 is now our 9/11,” tweeted Bryan Fischer, a host for the American Family Association’s Family Talk Radio, on the day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage decision. “The rainbow jihadists of [the Supreme Court] blow up twin towers of truth and righteousness. Every advance of the gay agenda comes at the expense of religious liberty. As of today, free exercise is toast.” Read more

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

Americans United Issues Report Countering Religious Right Claims Of Religious Liberty Abuses In The Military

Church-State Watch Group Debunks Family Research Council’s Assertions

Americans United for Separation of Church and State today released an in-depth report that debunks claims by Religious Right groups that religious liberty in the military is under siege.

The AU report, “Clear and Present Falsehoods: The Real State of Religious Freedom in the Military,” responds to an earlier report by the Family Research Council (FRC) that purported to list widespread instances of religious liberty violations in the armed forces.
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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

Acute Agenda: For The House Leadership, Keeping The Religious Right Happy Is Job One

A week ago, I was sitting in a hotel ballroom surrounded by 3,000 Religious Right activists at the “Values Voter Summit.” Among the speakers we heard was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

Cantor talked about several issues, among them jobs. In fact, we’ve been told over and over again that this Congress wants to get America back to work. But here’s a funny thing: We’re not actually getting legislation that has anything to do with jobs. It’s simply not on the House’s agenda. Read more

Weekend (Culture) Warriors: Some Things I Learned At The Values Voter Summit

As I mentioned on Friday, I spent the weekend attending the “Values Voter Summit,” the annual Religious Right uber-conference sponsored by the Family Research Council and its allies. This was the sixth time I’ve been to this event, and I wasn’t the only one there from Americans United. (Barry Lynn and three other staffers were there as well.) Read more

Scaling The Summit: This Weekend, AU Will Be Up Close And Personal With The Religious Right

It’s going to be a lovely fall weekend in Washington, D.C., -- and I’ll be spending most of it inside surrounded by thousands of Religious Right zealots.

Yes, it’s time for the Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Summit.” This annual gathering, which begins today, has become the nation’s premier Religious Right confab. I wouldn’t think of missing it! After all, how often do you get to hear Ed Meese speak these days? Read more

Unhappy Father's Day: FRC Says Same-Sex Marriage In California Threatens Dads' Annual Celebration

Sunday was Father's Day. Like millions of men all over the country, I enjoyed a little extra attention from my family. I got cards from my daughter and son, and my wife made one of my favorite meals, topping it off with her sinfully decadent coconut cake.

Alas, this domestic bliss will soon be a thing of the past. The Family Research Council (FRC) has informed us that this could be the last Father's Day ever. Why? Because same-sex couples are allowed to marry in California! Read more