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Religious Right Role Model: Why Can’t America Be More Like Uganda?

Just how radical is Religious Right leader Tony Perkins?

Consider this: Earlier in the week, the Family Research Council (FRC) president sent a tweet praising the president of Uganda and blasting those who oppose him.

“American Liberals are upset,” tweeted Perkins on Monday, “that Ugandan Pres is leading his nation in repentance – afraid of a modern example of a nation prospered by God?” Read more

Quadrennial Question: Is The Religious Right Positively, Absolutely Dead?

The role of the Religious Right in the Republican Party and national political life is under a lot of scrutiny these days.

Everyone from Ralph Reed and Richard Land to Billy Graham and Tony Perkins did everything in their considerable power to steer the election to Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates, and they failed miserably. These folks even lost a string of referenda on issues such as taxpayer funding of religion, reproductive rights and marriage equality. Read more

In The Depths Of The Summit: What I Learned At This Year’s ‘Values Voter’ Confab

I spent Friday and Saturday observing the Values Voter Summit (VVS), an annual Religious Right gathering in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, the Heritage Foundation, Liberty University and other groups.

I attend every year. It’s educational! Here are some things I learned this year: Read more

Exploiting Tragedy: FRC’s Tony Perkins Seeks To Politicize Office Shooting

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

‘Evil Is Here’: In Bid To Politicize Religion, FRC Demonizes Its Opponents

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

‘America For Jesus’: Is Religious Right Rally About Prayer Or Politics?

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

Backdoor Endorsement: Liberty U. Chancellor Falwell Gives Romney A Boost

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

Perkins’ Parade Of Prevarication: FRC Head Lies About AU’s Lynn

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

Appalling Amendment: Religious Right Seeks To Mandate Civil Marriage Law In North Carolina

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

Severe Sermon: A Political Pastor’s Rant Exposes The Religious Right’s True Face

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

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