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White House Plot: For The Religious Right, Will 2012 Be Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Back in 1979, a group of ultra-conservative religious leaders began holding meetings to discuss the fate of President Jimmy Carter.

Many of these leaders had voted for Carter, an evangelical Christian, in 1976 but had soured on him. They were looking for a new political leader – one who would parrot their line on social issues – and found him in Ronald Reagan. Thanks in part to their support, Reagan went on to win election in 1980, and the modern Religious Right learned what it could do when it flexed some political muscle.

Is history about to repeat itself? Read more

Rotten Ralph: Religious Right Operative Reed Resumes Effort To Politicize Churches

Like a sleazy political version of movie monster Freddy Krueger, Ralph Reed just won’t go away.

The notorious Religious Right operative is back in Washington, D.C., today for a conference and strategy briefing at the Mayflower Hotel. Call it “Nightmare on Connecticut Avenue.” The event is sponsored by Reed’s latest vehicle, the Faith and Freedom Coalition. Read more

Land Mine: Is Marriage Amendment Madness About To Break Out Again?

Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling against California’s Proposition 8 spurred the predictable round of incendiary rhetoric from the Religious Right. Chuck Colson said it could mean Armageddon for religious liberty, TV preacher Pat Robertson said gay people want to destroy the church and destroy marriage and the American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon demanded that the U.S. Read more

Land O' Lies: SBC Lobbyist Compares Health-Care Reform Advocates To Nazis

I understand that people have different views on the issue of health-care reform.

My family and I rely on my health-care plan, and I want to make sure it's there for us. At the same time, I can't accept the fact that so many millions of my fellow citizens are without coverage. I don't see those two concerns as irreconcilable. Read more

Sorting Out Sotomayor: Church-State Experts Wait For Answers, While The Southern Baptists Plunge Ahead

As you may have noticed, Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearings continue today.

We've heard a lot of griping about her "wise Latina" remark and her decision in the Ricci case, as well as witnessed outbursts from anti-abortionist protestors.

But to our knowledge, we have yet to hear anyone ask her about her views on church and state issues. Read more

Religious Right Censors' Worst Nightmare: Why We'll Miss Judith Krug

It's pretty easy these days to walk into mostly any public library in the country and check out J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye or John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. You can do that in a large part thanks to a woman named Judith Krug.

Judith, who ran the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom since 1967, was a life-long censorship foe who conceived the now internationally famous "Banned Books Week." She raised awareness of book censorship in America and devised strategies to combat it. Read more

A Christmas Calamity: Religious Right Scrooges Scuttle Moderate Evangelical Lobbyist Rich Cizik

The relentlessly grim James Dobson has a spring in his step today and a song in his heart. The hopelessly dour Richard Land is sipping eggnog and humming the Hallelujah Chorus. Chuck Colson is doing a little end-zone victory dance.

No, it's not a sudden burst of the Christmas spirit infecting these hard-line Religious Right Scrooges. It's the news that Rich Cizik has been forced out as vice president for governmental affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). Read more

He's Loyal, By George: Southern Baptist Lobbyist Land Stills Loves President Bush

Will President Bush be judged as one of America's best presidents or one of the worst?

Polls show he's deeply unpopular with the American people, but his partisan allies in the Religious Right are standing firm that he will go down in history as a favorite. Read more

Getting Out The GOP Vote?: Southern Baptist Convention Leaders Plot Election 'Prayer Vigil'

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) have launched a new campaign called the 40/40 Prayer Vigil for Spiritual Revival and National Renewal. On the surface, it sounds pretty harmless: register people to vote, pray and work to get people to the polls. Read more

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