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We Gather Together: The Religious Right And The Problem Of Interfaith Politics by Neil J. Young, Oxford University Press, 432 pp.


Anyone who has spent any amount of time observing the Religious Right understands that its members belong to different religious traditions. Protestants, Cath­olics and Mormons tend to dominate the movement despite their differences.  Its success as a political bloc owes largely to their unity.

No Home-Field Advantage: Personhood USA Can’t Get Its Amendment On Colorado Ballot

The latest incarnation of a “personhood” amendment has failed in the backyard of the group that has been pushing these measures nationwide.

The amendment, which would have codified that life begins at the moment of conception and a fertilized egg has full legal rights as a person, fell almost 4,000 signatures short of making it onto the Colorado ballot this November.

Amending Common Sense: Religious Right Backs ‘Personhood’ Initiative In Mississippi

On Nov. 8, Mississippi voters will attempt to answer a question that American society has wrestled with for decades: when does life begin?

If it passes, Initiative 26 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to say that life begins at the moment of conception and that a fertilized egg has full legal rights as a person. The consequences of this would be far reaching, including banning abortion in virtually all cases (including rape and incest), as well as making many forms of contraception illegal.