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Lost Weekend

Republican presidential hope­ful U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a rather ambitious plan for day one of his term as chief executive. Read more

Dismissing Jefferson: More Bad History From The Religious Right

Mark Levin is an incendiary right-wing radio talk show host who has delusions that he is a constitutional scholar. During the recent Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., Levin decided to offer an opinion on the separation of church and state.

 “Separation of church and state is not in the Declaration, it’s not in the Constitution,” Levin told the crowd. “It’s in a letter that [Thomas] Jefferson wrote. I’m a big admirer of Jefferson. Jefferson was not at the Constitutional Convention.” Read more

Controversy Swirls Over Pope’s Meeting With Kim Davis During D.C. Visit

Controversy has erupted over a meeting Pope Francis had with Rowan County, Ky., Clerk Kim Davis during his September visit to Washington, D.C., with some church officials claiming the event was brief and was not intended to express support for her.

The Rev. Frederico Lombardi “confirmed the meeting, but declined to elaborate on it. He said he ‘did not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no other comments to add,’” The New York Times reported. Lombardi also confirmed the meeting to Buzzfeed News. Read more

Warped Weekend: Extreme Comments From The Values Voter Summit

The “Values Voter Summit” (VVS), an annual Religious Right gathering in Washington, D.C., took place over the weekend. The rhetoric at the confab, which is now in its 10th year, is pretty consistent: speakers preach Christian “persecution,” Islamophobia, homophobia, dissatisfaction with the federal government and religious revivalism to whip about 3,000 attendees into a frenzy. Read more

A Decade Of Disgrace: Marking Ten Years Of The ‘Values Voter Summit’

The annual Values Voter Summit (VVS), the nation’s largest gathering of the Religious Right, begins today. The event, sponsored by the Family Research Council (FRC), the American Family Association (AFA) and other far-right groups, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. In light of that, I thought it might be interesting to look back at some of the highlights (or lowlights, if you will) of this event.

Here we go: Read more

Scaling The Summit: What I Learned At This Year's Far-Right Shindig

After having skipped the past two Values Voter Summits, I decided to return this year. The first person to recognize me on Friday morning was a very friendly Seventh-day Adventist who gave me a CD of patriotic music and reminded me that I had spoken to her and her husband a few years earlier. I had the distinct impression that these folks held views compatible with my own on core church-state issues. I also thought maybe I should just go home and count the day a success. Read more

VVS At The Nadir Of The Summit

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin descended on Washington, D.C., recently with a clear mission: to rally the right-wing electorate ahead of the November elections. Speaking to a crowd of some 2,500 religious conservatives at the Values Voter Summit (VVS), she told them just what they wanted to hear.  Read more

Land Of The Lost: Highlights From The Values Voter Summit

The Religious Right’s annual “Values Voter Summit” (VVS) took place over the weekend in Washington, D.C. As usual, it was a mix of homophobia, Islamophobia, religious revivalism and bashing of President Barack Obama disguised as a policy conference.   Read more