Project Blitz is a coordinated national effort to codify a far-right, evangelical Christian America

Project Blitz 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” and establishing Bible classes in public schools and escalating to laws that would permit religion to be used to justify discrimination.

NEW! Watch AU President and CEO Rachel Laser explain Project Blitz on this NBC News "Think" episode:

 

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 latest 148-page playbook, replete with 21 model bills, strategy and messaging guidance, gets distributed to hundreds of state legislators across America. In 2018, 76 Project Blitz bills were introduced in 26 states, with nine bills passing. AU expects even more bills will be introduced throughout the states in upcoming legislative sessions.

Americans United is ready to block Project Blitz. Sign up for our emails so you can stay informed when Project Blitz bills are proposed in your state and learn how you can help fight them.


 

developments

Feb. 6, 2019: AU produced a video to explain and spread the word about Project Blitz. Click these links to share the video on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram:


Jan. 31, 2019: AU and a broad coalition of 43 prominent religious, civil rights, secular, LGBTQ and reproductive freedom organizations issued a joint national statement urging state lawmakers nationwide to oppose Project Blitz and related legislation that uses religion as the basis for discrimination. Read AU's press release about the announcement here and a blog post here.


Jan. 28, 2019: AU responded to President Donald Trump tweet in support of Project Blitz's push to have "Bible literacy" classes taught in public schools, even though the intent of the classes is to impose Christian beliefs on public schoolchildren. Read AU's blog post about it here.

Trump's Project Blitz tweet

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.

October 2018: Project Blitz's new 2018-19 playbook was briefly available online. You can still read it here.

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 Washington Post: "A conservative Christian group is pushing Bible classes in public schools nationwide — and it’s working"

USA Today: "Bills supporting religion-based rejection turning parents away from adoption agencies"

USA Today: "Bible classes in public schools? Why Christian lawmakers are pushing a wave of new bills"

The New York Times: “A Christian Nationalist Blitz

The Guardian: "'In God We Trust’ - the bills Christian nationalists hope will ‘protect religious freedom’"

CNN: "There's a push for classes on the Bible in public schools. And there's also a pushback"

NBC News Think: "Project Blitz and the far right’s plan to destroy the church-state separation"

Huffington Post: "People Question Trump’s Biblical Literacy After He Touts Bible Classes"

Newsweek: "Why Is Donald Trump Praising Bible Literacy Classes?"

Salon: "Can progressives reclaim "religious freedom" from Trump and the evangelical right?"

Fault Lines, Al Jazeera: "Church of Trump"

Religion Dispatches“'Project Blitz' Seeks to For Christian Nationalism What ALEC Does for Big Business"

Religion Dispatches“Christian Pol, Attacked for Opposing ‘In God We Trust’ in School, Talks Church and State"

AU Public Policy Advocate Samantha Sokol: “Uncovering Project Blitz: Fighting A Secret, Coordinated Legislative Strategy To Undermine Religious Freedom In The States

AU's Church & State: "Blocking The Blitz: The Religious Right's New Game Plan To Make America More To Its Liking And If It's Not Already In Your State, It Will Be Soon"

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