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Payback Time

In the middle of October, Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and a member of Donald J. Trump’s Religious Advisory Council, penned a column for the online Christian Post in which he discussed the Republican nominee’s spiritual life.

“I know for a fact that the Gospel has been shared with Mr. Trump,” Graham wrote. “He has been confronted with his sin. He has heard God’s truth and has been offered grace and forgiveness.

Trump-A-Palooza!

Staring out over a crowd of 3,000 far-right evangelical Christians in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump assumed an unusual mantle: defender of America’s “Christian heritage.”

“Our Christian heritage will be cherished, protected, defended like you’ve never seen before,” Trump told attendees of the annual Values Voter Summit (VVS). “Believe me. I believe it and you believe it and you know it.”

Religious Right Support For Donald Trump Exposes Movement’s Values Void, Says Americans United

Family Research Council And Other Groups Would Excoriate A Democrat Who Had GOP Candidate’s Background, Says Church-State Watchdog

Thousands of conservative evangelicals will converge on Washington, D.C., this weekend for the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit to proclaim a thrice-married, coarse reality TV star as their standard-bearer.

It’s a move that exposes the desperation and hypocrisy of the Religious Right, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Radical Rhetoric: When Lies Lead To Violence And Death

On Nov. 30, a day when many Americans were kicking off holiday shopping in earnest, a man named Robert Lewis Dear had other ideas. He burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and allegedly started shooting. Three people were killed and several injured before Dear was subdued.

Barrier Method?

Political allies of the Religious Right, like U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), are trying to convince the American public that the federal government wants to force nuns to buy birth control.

“You know, every American should know about the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Cruz said during an address at the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., in 2014. “You want to talk about values? Right now the federal government is suing the Little Sisters of the Poor to try to force Catholic nuns to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”

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.

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.

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.”

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.”  

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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