When the Family Research Council (FRC) and other Religious Right groups advocate against marriage equality in the courts and in the public square, they usually base their argument on bogus studies and other more-or-less secular rationales. But behind the scenes with their own crowd, they turn to a harsh fundamentalist reading of the Bible as their basis.
Political discourse in America is pretty mean already, and the Religious Right wants to make it worse.
The Family Research Council sponsored a “Watchmen on the Wall” conference for North Carolina clergy, and the harsh rhetoric there tells you how they view the world.
In the first place, when the FRC talks about “the wall,” they aren’t talking about the wall of separation between church and state. Just the opposite, in fact. They are talking about moving America as close as possible to a fundamentalist theocracy where their take on religion holds dominion over everyone.
Are you an agent of Satan?
Kenyn Cureton is worried that you might be. Cureton is vice president for church ministries for the Family Research Council. During the FRC’s recent “Values Voter Summit,” he warned attendees at a breakout session on churches and politics to be ready for some intense action.
“The battle that we’re fighting,” he said, “is not just a political and cultural battle, it’s a spiritual battle.”
And when a battle is spiritual, you can be sure that some people are serving the wrong side.