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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

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

IRS Form 13909

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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Hashtags Breed Hashtags at Netroots Nation 2015

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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

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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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NYT Threads the Needle on Religious Liberty

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A few days ago, Emily Bazelon (@emilybazelon), New York Times Magazine Staff Writer, successfully drew a fine line between government accommodation of religious beliefs and how the political religious right has turned that on its head for the sole purpose of unlawfully discriminating against minorities with whom they disagree. It is worth of a full read.

It's a thorny issue, no doubt, as I pointed out a couple of weeks ago in Religious Freedom vs Religious Liberty (Part 1 and Part 2), part of my month-long ...

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Index for the #VoteOutTheReligiousRight Campaign

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A new campaign will be launched this week in Phoenix at Netroots Nation 2015 called #VoteOutTheReligiousRight. It is the culminating action of a month-long expose of the secret religious cult that drives the political religious right's science-denying and punishing laws against women, the poor, people of color, immigrants, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans folks. No matter what our cause, we now have at hand evidence of ethical and financial violations of dozens of elected and appointed officials. They can be voted out (or for judges like Antonin Scalia, impeached) within a single election cycle, before November 8, ...

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#VoteOutTheReligiousRight

by Rachel Titiriga

 

#VoteOutTheReligiousRight Will you help #VoteOutTheReligious Right? As we fight for human rights, environment, and safe immigration, we have at hand a way to remove a large body of the political opposition. The underlying religious cults and alliances of the political religious right are, or should be, crystal clear most people by now. Their adherents no longer say or do anything to hide it, frequently demonstrating that their religious alliances supersede, actually nullify, all of the oaths of office they made upon entering public life. As Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recently reminded us, “I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what ...

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