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Mississippi Blues: New Lawsuit Accuses Town Of Anti-Gay Prejudice

The website of Shannon, Miss., advertises the town as a place for growth – and a bulwark of family values.

“Today we take pride in being on the quiet side of county with our relaxed country living where traditions of family, faith, and brotherly love make up who we are today,” it reads. Read more

Values Void: Religious Right Group Says Southern Poverty Law Center Is ‘Agent Of Hate’

A few days ago, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) issued a press release urging members of Congress not to attend the Family Research Council’s annual “Values Voter Summit,” which kicks off today.

The SPLC noted that the FRC and the American Family Association (AFA), which co-sponsors the Summit, “have long records of vilifying the LGBT community and spreading other forms of bigotry.” Read more

What’s The Matter With Springboro?: Ohio City Grapples With Religious Right-Dominated School Board

There’s something rotten in the city of Springboro, Ohio. This community of about 17,000 in southwestern Ohio has suddenly become ground zero in a Religious Right-led culture war. What’s happening there should be a cautionary tale to all of us.

In the wake of elections last year, a three-member Tea Party faction now controls the school board. They’re up to no good. Read more

Unholy Union: Why The Government Must Never Promote Theology

Voters in three states – Maine, Maryland and Washington – approved marriage equality at the ballot box last month. Speculation now holds that Illinois may soon join the growing list of jurisdictions that allow same-sex marriage. Read more

Let’s Do Lunch!: Religious Right Attacks Kids Making New Friends In School

My son started high school in August, and I was glad that he has a tight circle of friends who went with him. They are helping one another navigate what can be a challenging transition for teenagers.

I want my son to appreciate his pals, some of whom he has known since elementary school, but I also want him to keep the door open to making new friends. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that in my case, I forged friendships in high school that are still going strong more than 30 years later. Read more

Georgia Fringe Fest: Radical Religious Right Group To Hold ‘Christian Heritage Day’ In Statehouse

If you happen to be wandering around the Georgia statehouse on Sept. 13, you might think you’ve stumbled into a church meeting rather than a place of public business. Read more

Off Course: Complaint Says N.C. Churches Used Taxpayer Money To Discriminate

It seems some U.S. armed services veterans who recently returned from fighting the War on Terror are facing a new battle at home: federally funded gender discrimination.  Read more

General Nuttiness: FRC Hires Islam-Bashing Ex-Army Officer For Top Position

Back in 2003, a general in the U.S. Army named William G. “Jerry” Boykin got himself in hot water because he had a habit of appearing, often in full uniform, before meetings of right-wing evangelicals and making intemperate comments about Islam.

During one appearance in Oregon, Boykin opined that Islamic extremists hate the United States “because we’re a Christian nation, because our foundations and our roots are Judeo-Christian.” Read more