Project Blitz is a coordinated national effort to codify a far-right, evangelical Christian America
It is part of a larger national trend to redefine religious liberty as a sword used to harm others instead of a shield that protects people. Its organizers' strategy is to pass an increasingly ambitious set of state laws, starting with bills that require prominently displaying “In God We Trust” in public schools and escalating to laws that would permit religion to be used to justify discrimination.
Project Blitz is a threat to all of us: women, LGBTQ people, public school students and families, religious minorities, the nonreligious and virtually everyone – including many Christians – who do not share this worldview.
Project Blitz’s 116-page playbook, replete with 20 model bills, strategy and messaging guidance, was distributed to more than 750 state legislators across America. In the past year, 76 Project Blitz bills were introduced in 26 states, with nine bills passing. With their perceived success in 2018, we expect even more bills will be introduced throughout the states in upcoming legislative sessions.
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Nov. 1, 2018: AU's Church & State magazine offers an in-depth look at how Project Blitz legislation would harm people – public school children, the LGBTQ community, women, religious minorities and others.
June 5, 2018: AU Legislative Advocate Samantha Sokol outlines her research on Project Blitz bills that were proposed in state legislatures during the 2018 legislative session.
May 26, 2018: Katherine Stewart, an investigative journalist and member of AU's National Leadership Council, cites Americans United's research in a piece for The New York Times about Project Blitz.
April 27, 2018: Researcher Frederick Clarkson exposes the Project Blitz playbook in a piece for Religion Dispatches that includes research from AU Legislative Advocate Samantha Sokol and commentary from AU Vice President for Public Policy Maggie Garrett.
Feb. 16, 2016: Project Blitz is launched with a teleconference with state legislators and Project Blitz organizers, including Lea Carawan of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation and David Barton, a "Christian nation" propagandist who leads Wallbuilders.
Press Coverage And Analysis
The New York Times: “A Christian Nationalist Blitz”
Fault Lines, Al Jazeera, Church of Trump
Religion Dispatches: “'Project Blitz' Seeks to For Christian Nationalism What ALEC Does for Big Business"
AU Public Policy Advocate Samantha Sokol: “Uncovering Project Blitz: Fighting A Secret, Coordinated Legislative Strategy To Undermine Religious Freedom In The States”