Netroots Nation Debrief: #VoteOutTheReligiousRight

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

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 and launching www.voteoutthereligiousright.org to give voice to the intersectionality of this single issue, and how we can do something about it. The religious right now touches every American and every progressive regardless of their favorite cause (racial justice, women, poverty, immigration, environment, LGBT equality, etc., etc.) because this block of rogue lawmakers constitute a so-far immovable obstacle threatening the very freedoms they otherwise tout so hypocritically.

What if I told you there is a way to get rid of 100+
of the worst of these troublemakers
in the next election cycle?

Here is a starting list of our take-aways, many of which I will extrapolate on over the next week or so.

1. We thank, bless, and support, first and foremost, all of the groups, such as People For the American Way (PFAW.org) and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (au.org), which are already deep in the weeds on this issue and offer so much valuable guidance on how we can help combat the menace of the religious right.

2. The religious right has corrupted religion itself, as Senator John McCain so perfectly illustrates.

3. Liberal Christians are on the decline, either lost to the religious right or choosing no longer to be counted. Nevertheless, we should be sure to reach out to welcoming congregations for help in educating voters and unseating members of the religious right.

4. It is important to rally on-the-ground voter activism to educate the public to help defeat state (and federal) legislation licensing discrimination, so-called religious liberty laws.

5. Consider this good non-violent civil disobedience: Flooding the IRS with completed forms it provides to offer evidence that should invalidate the tax-emempt status for some of these hate groups masquerading as christianist organizations.

6. Use social media more effectively to educate the general public on the damage being done by the religious right, using hashtags such as #DrawTheLine, #VoteOutTheReligiousRight, #UpholdSeparation, and, to draw in people on both sides of this issue, #ChurchAndState.

More to come . . .

We’d like to hear your thoughts. If you want to join our online group, please contact me.

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Alison Gardner

Alison Gardner

Alison Gardner is co-founder of VenusPlusX, and writes frequently on global sexual freedom, American fundamentalists exporting hate and homophobia, and grassroots activism.
Alison Gardner