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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

(Un)Fantastic Five: A Remembrance Of Values Voter Summits Past

The Religious Right’s annual “Values Voter Summit” (VVS) takes place this weekend. Americans United staffers Simon Brown, Sarah Jones and I will be there. (Barry Lynn usually pops in too, in case anyone wants to take a selfie with him.)

If you are a religious person, please pray for us. If you’re not religious, please forward some recommendations for stress-relief strategies – favorite liquors, ice-cream brands, yoga positions, etc. – as I suspect we’ll all need some way to unwind when this thing is over. Read more

Outrageous Oration: Values Voter Summit Ignores Reality

This past weekend, a collection of Religious Right groups, including the Family Research Council (FRC), American Family Association (AFA) and Liberty Counsel, held an event in Washington, D.C., called the Values Voter Summit (VVS). It’s an annual opportunity for the forces of the Religious Right to strategize on how they can “take America back.” 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

Compassionate Christians: Despite What The Religious Right Says, Many People Of Faith Support LGBT Rights

Far too many people associate Christianity with homophobia thanks to Religious Right groups like the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA). A group of faithful moderates is out to change that perception. 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

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