Last week, a young man named Floyd Lee Corkins walked into the offices of the Family Research Council (FRC) here in Washington carrying a 9 mm pistol in his backpack. He was disarmed by building manager Leo Johnson, who was shot in the arm during the scuffle. Corkins reportedly expressed opposition to the FRC’s anti-gay views. Read more
Political discourse in America is pretty mean already, and the Religious Right wants to make it worse.
The Family Research Council sponsored a “Watchmen on the Wall” conference for North Carolina clergy, and the harsh rhetoric there tells you how they view the world.
In the first place, when the FRC talks about “the wall,” they aren’t talking about the wall of separation between church and state. Just the opposite, in fact. They are talking about moving America as close as possible to a fundamentalist theocracy where their take on religion holds dominion over everyone. Read more
Religious Right activists are planning a big “America for Jesus” rally in Philadelphia this fall. The AFJ website said the Sept. 28-29 “solemn assembly” is intended “to summon together the whole body of Christ to pray for the church and our nation.”
But is this event really about prayer? Read more
It seems Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. just can’t help himself when it comes to political endorsements.
At the Lynchburg, Va., school’s graduation ceremony over the weekend, Falwell made sure to say that inviting Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP candidate for president, in no way constituted an endorsement by the tax-exempt institution. He even said nonprofits like Liberty can’t endorse candidates for office, which is exactly right.
So what did Falwell do next? Read more
Yesterday Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), issued a rather hysterical email appeal for funds. No news there. Perkins does that all of the time.
This particular message, headlined “Help stop secular tyranny,” took a line that’s increasingly popular with the Religious Right these days: “Woe is me! We’re being persecuted.” Read more
On May 8, North Carolina voters will decide on a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. As you might expect, the drive for the measure is fueled almost entirely by ultra-conservative religious forces bent on imposing their doctrines by force of law. Read more
Are you Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or a non-believer? If so, Louisiana preacher Dennis Terry has some advice for you: Accept that America is a “Christian nation” or leave the county. Now. You’re not wanted here.
“I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the nay-sayers say, this nation was founded as a Christian nation. The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob – there’s only one God. There’s only one God, and his name is Jesus,” thundered Terry during a Sunday rally for Rick Santorum at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church. Read more
Reporters with the mainstream media sure love to write about the presidential horse race, don’t they? And I find it interesting how certain candidates suddenly become all the rage. How many stories about Michele Bachmann have you seen recently?
But the media, so intent on polls and personalities, is missing a huge story: The Religious Right’s attempt to pick our next president. Read more
On Saturday, the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that banned openly gay and lesbian Americans from serving in the armed forces. The Religious Right is not pleased.
To hear Religious Right leaders tell it, the end is nigh. How soon before the North Koreans come rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue? Read more
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