A Roadmap to #DrawTheLine for Church-State Separation

by Tony Webster Flickr/creativecommons

Many people I speak to and correspond with are looking for an agenda to #DrawTheLine between church and state. As previously stated, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (au.org) is one of the best organizations setting that agenda and tracking our victories. While most of us tend to focus on national politics more than state politics, and even less on local politics, we have to keep in mind that school board members and city council members grow up to be state lawmakers and national candidates, so the front line for most of this work starts ...

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What does sexual freedom mean to you?

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We've already heard from hundreds of people who have something to say about sexual freedom, some of whom made it to our highlight reel below. We would love to hear from you via video or essay, and if we publish it we'll send you one of our treasured VenusPlusX t-shirts (featuring the trans Statue of Freedom and "Sexual Freedom -- You Were Born With It"). Join the cast of The Sexual Freedom Project. More videos here. Please note that by submitting original content to us, you are agreeing to our Terms of Use/Release.

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Is the End Game for the Religious Right Really a Civil War? (Part 2 of 2)

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"[G]ay rights issue has reached an unprecedented 'level of intensity' and put the country on the brink of conflict . . . Talk about a Civil War, we could have another one over this.

. . . If the Supreme Court strikes down the state bans and states across the country fail to convene “a state constitutional convention to re-examine the Constitution . . . we’re going to see a general collapse in the next decade or two.”

-- Foucs On The Family's James Dobson:

In Part 1, yesterday, I posed the question, ...

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Is the End Game for the Religious Right Really a Civil War? (Part 1 of 2)

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"For some people the future of their faith and of the nation are in danger, threatened by secular forces controlled by Satan himself."  -- Christian right's rage problem -- How white fundamentalists are roiling America (Salon.com)

When I talk to my friend, Michael Rogers, about how the religious right is guided by a political-religious dominionist philosophy demanding the end of our rule of law in favor of (their version of) god's law, he warns me that they won't stop until they force either (or both) a constitutional convention or civil war, reminding me that ...

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The First Amendment Doesn’t Need Any Defense

by Nathan Rupert Flicker/creativecommons

The proposed First Amendment Defense Act is Congress's attempt to legalize LGBT discrimination. Aligning with faith groups to diminish the influence of religion in government was one of the chief strategies we developed while meeting with like-minded activists at the recent Netroots Nation and LGBT Netroots Connect. While this includes tactics such as direct contact with welcoming congregations, the nexus of this alignment right now centers on defeating the passage of the nefarious First Amendment Defense Act, the aim of which is "to prevent discriminatory treatment of any person on the basis of views held with respect to marriage." While the  Read More

IRS Campaign to #DrawTheLine

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Members of the public may send information that raises questions about an exempt organization's compliance with the Internal Revenue Code. (Charities-&-Non-Profits/Political-Organizations/Exemption-Requirements-Political-Organizations)

In our efforts to #DrawTheLine between church and state in the conduct of our government and to #VoteOutTheReligiousRight, we have at our disposal a legal way to take some of the wind out of their (financial) sails. This is one of the strategies we developed while meeting with like-minded activists at the recent Netroots Nation and LGBT Netroots Connect. Imagine a nationwide action of non-violent civil disobedience that ...

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Netroots Nation Debrief: #VoteOutTheReligiousRight

Michael Rogers Founder, NetrootsConnect.org Photo by Mel Green Flickr/creativecommons

Starting at LGBT NetrootsConnect (a pre-conference forum and workshop), I found a group for a morning and afternoon roundtable who, like me and others, self-select the subject of the negative influence of religion in law and policy and the religious right's erasure of church-state separation. This dialog continued in various forms throughout Netroots Nation, helping to identify more people who support the idea of #VoteOutTheReligiousRight. This issue is so big and so important, we remain committed to continuing our discussion and translating talk into real actions for change. Shortly, I will be starting a google+ group ...

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My Brief Interview of John McCain on Church-State Separation

Arizona Sen. John McCain

As I boarded my plane to return from Netroots Nation in Phoenix, who should l find on line right next to me but the perpetually-smiling Arizona Senator John McCain. Following a lot of people asking for selfies, the jetway line stalled. I introduced myself and quickly seized the opportunity to ask the most important question on my mind (and it had nothing to do with Trump diss).

Me: Can I ask you a question?

McC: Sure!

Me: What are we going to do about the religious right's erasure of church-state separation?

McC: ...

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Hashtags Breed Hashtags at Netroots Nation 2015

by Dan Klein Downtown Rochester, NY Flickr/creativecommons

I came to Netroots Nation this year after a 2-year absence in part to align with other activists and writers who are interested in ending the religious right's erasure of church-state separation. We started with the too long hashtag, #VoteOutTheReligiousRight, presenting ideas for precipitating mass resignations through the exposure of dozens, even hundreds, of our elected and appointed officials who hold loyalties higher than the oaths of office they took when entering office, and their paper trail of ethical and financial misconduct because of those loyalties. Our first tweet with some new hashtags was heavily engaged:     Help us Read More

The Errant Children of the Political Religious Right

by Mindaugas Danys Flickr/creative commons

You don't need a degree in psychology to dissect the blatant immaturity of the political religious right. If we can separate for a moment the social damage they do, we can see, much like a parent would see, that their insufferability is a child's call for help. As a group, they remind me of the first time Dan Massey and I left our then 2-year old son with friends of ours who had come over for some reciprocal date night babysitting. The minute we returned, our little boy went to several different electrical outlets, just pointing, as if to say, ...

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