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Pulpits Aflame With Politics?: Religious Right Prepares For 2012 Elections

I’m often asked what the Religious Right is up to these days. Some people, noting the death of the Rev. Jerry Falwell in 2007 and the aging of leaders like Pat Robertson and Donald Wildmon, assume the movement is slowing down.

Unfortunately, that’s just not the case.

Religious Right groups and their allies in the Tea Party are giddy from their electoral successes in 2010. They’re gearing up for another round in 2012. Much of what is happening is occurring below the radar and doesn’t necessarily capture headlines. But it’s very real. Read more

Confused Critics: Are You ‘An Enemy Of What Is Good About America’?

Did you know that I’m an “enemy of what is good about America”? And if you support Americans United, well, then you must be, too!

Who knew?

But that’s what Mark Ramsey, a blogger at Texas GOP Vote believes.

In a blog post, he asked:

“Why does the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State exist? They are enemies of what is good about America. Why does the ACLU exist? They are enemies of what made this country the envy of the world.” Read more

Responding To ‘The Response’: AU And Allies Offer Alternative To Perry Prayer Rally

I’m happy to report that I have survived the weekend in Houston and “The Response.”

In case you missed it, “The Response” was a fundamentalist Christian rally put on last Saturday at Houston’s Reliant Stadium by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the ultra-right-wing American Family Association. Americans United has been speaking out against this excessive government entanglement with religion for over a month now. Read more

Hypocrisy Alert: Ex-Christian Coalition Staffer Now Opposes Religious Control Of Courts – At Least For Muslims

When it comes to the Religious Right, the hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me.

Yesterday, on the eve of the Muslim observance of Ramadan, The New York Times published a story detailing the leaders and groups behind the recent push for anti-Shariah laws in state legislatures, and – shocker! – one is former Christian Coalition Field Director Guy Rodgers. Read more

A Tale Of Two Sessions: Religious Right Conferees Decry Discrimination – But Only When It Affects Them

I spent the day on Friday at Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Conference and Strategy Briefing here in Washington, D.C.

The list of speakers included many presidential hopefuls, congressional leaders and Religious Right strategists who came to stir their base into action. Read more

Inquisition In Iowa: Religious Right Dominates Presidential Nominating Process

Religious Right influence over the nation’s presidential election process ought to be of deep concern to all Americans who value individual freedom and the separation of church and state.

The New York Times reported yesterday that right-wing religious forces in Iowa have extraordinary control over political life in the Hawkeye State. Read more

Army Of Clones: Religious Right Leader Colson Commissions ‘Centurions’ For The Culture War

The Washington Post featured a scary article today about Charles Colson, the Nixon-era hatchet-man turned Religious Right commanding general.

Colson, the newspaper says, is quietly training a cadre of fundamentalist true believers who will take their “biblical worldview” into every area of life, including American politics. Read more

In Play In Iowa: Ralph Reed Confab Shows Religious Right Is In The Game For 2012

Some political analysts are speculating that the Religious Right is dead and that the Tea Party is movement to watch.

Well, it looks like Religious Right leaders and activists haven’t gotten that memo.

Recent evidence of the non-death of the Religious Right comes from Iowa, where former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed last night held a forum on “moral” issues featuring a line-up of Republican presidential possibilities. Read more

New (And Unimproved) Newt: Gingrich Seeks To Topple Secular America

I’ve been reporting on Religious Right meetings for more than two decades now and have had to sit through some pretty nasty stuff. I recall a meeting of the Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Summit” a few years ago where a staff member with the American Family Association explained how Adolf Hitler invented the separation of church and state.

As bad as that was, it wasn’t as annoying as listening to Newt Gingrich. Gingrich is a fixture at these meetings. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard him speak. It’s awful, every time. Read more

Call And Response: Religious Right Rallies To Fire Up Base For November Elections

This weekend, Religious Right groups will kickoff election season by holding the first in a series of rallies, conferences and other events to stir up their base and turn out the vote in November.

On Sept. 3-4, Lou Engle, the raspy-voiced founder of the neo-Pentecostal group TheCall, will lead the initial event in Sacramento. “Faithful Christians” will gather to pray for the “sanctity of life,” the “sacredness of marriage,” and the “preservation of religious liberty.” Read more