Lou Engle

Gov. Rick Perry’s Extremist Allies

On August 6, Texas Governor Rick Perry will host The Response, a massive rally in Houston that's being billed as a "a non-denominational, apolitical Christian prayer meeting." But one look at the event's sponsors, participants and promoters tells a different story

Full Report Archive

Title Date
Buying a Movement 09/11/1996
Dobson’s Choice: Religious Right Leader Becomes Political Power Broker 09/14/1996
John Ashcroft's First Year as Attorney General 02/04/2002
Courting Disaster: Update 2001-2002 06/27/2002
Editorial Memorandum: The Demand for a Senate Floor Vote on Pickering: How the Right is Wrong 07/22/2002
Opposing The Confirmation of Charles W. Pickering, Sr. to The United States Court Of Appeals For The Fifth Circuit 07/22/2002
Editorial Memorandum: The Right's Revisionism on the Defeat of the Pickering Nomination 07/22/2002
Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools 07/23/2002
Editorial Memorandum: John Ashcroft’s Relentless Assault on Civil Liberties 07/23/2002
John Ashcroft's First Six Months at the Justice Department: The Right Wing Dream Team Takes Over 07/23/2002
The Dissents Of Priscilla Owen: A Judicial Nominee Who Would Make The Law, Not Interpret It 07/23/2002
The Good Book Taught Wrong: Bible History Classes in Florida Public Schools 07/23/2002
A Model to Avoid: Arizona's Tuition Tax Credit Law 07/24/2002
Community Voice or Captive of the Right? A Closer Look at the Black Alliance for Educational Options 07/24/2002
Punishing Success: The Governor's Proposed Education Budget in Wisconsin and the SAGE and Voucher Programs 07/25/2002
Ordering the Courts: Right Wing Attacks on Judicial Independence in 2000 08/01/2002
The Case Against the Confirmation of John Ashcroft as Attorney General of the United States: PART I 08/01/2002
Anti-Gay Politics and the Religious Right 08/09/2002
Voters Affirm Commitment to Public Schools And Reject Vouchers on November 7 08/20/2002
Sabotaging Science: Creationist Strategies in the '90's 08/28/2002
Back to School with the Religious Right 08/28/2002
The Federalist Society: From Obscurity to Power 08/29/2002
Evolution and Creationism in Public Education 08/29/2002
Courting Disaster: Update 2000-2001 08/29/2002
The Case Against the Confirmation of John Ashcroft As Attorney General of the United States: Part II 08/29/2002
"Parental Rights" 08/29/2002
Teaching Fear 08/29/2002
People for the American Way Report in Opposition to the Confirmation of Michael W. McConnell 09/17/2002
Privatization of Public Education: A Joint Venture of Charity and Power 09/18/2002
PFAW Concerns About Miguel Estrada Detailed in Letter To Senate Judiciary Committee 09/25/2002
The Real Record of Michael McConnell 10/08/2002
America's Election Snafus: 2001-2002 10/24/2002
Why The Senate Judiciary Committee Was Right to Reject the Nomination of Priscilla Owen 01/23/2003
Why the Senate Judiciary Committee Was Right to Reject the Confirmation of Charles W. Pickering, Sr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 01/23/2003
Opposition to Jeffrey Sutton's Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 01/24/2003
The Nomination of Jeffrey Sutton: A Post-Hearing Report 02/13/2003
The Illinois Tuition Tax Credit: Who Gets the Credit? Who Pays the Consequences? 03/03/2003
2nd Hearing Confirms Case Against Priscilla Owen 03/25/2003
Opposing Carolyn Kuhl's Confirmation 03/31/2003
Executive Summary: Kuhl Post-Hearing Report 05/06/2003
William Pryor: Unfit to Judge 06/09/2003
Courting Disaster 2005 06/17/2003
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the Supreme Court's 2002-2003 Term 06/27/2003
Voucher Veneer: The Deeper Agenda to Privatize Public Education 07/08/2003
Upcoming Supreme Court Term Includes Important Cases on Civil Rights, Constitutional Liberties, States’ Rights 09/25/2003
Confirmed Judges Confirm Our Worst Fears 01/23/2004
Dereliction of Duty 01/23/2004
PFAW Report on William G. Myers III 02/02/2004
Undermining the Bill of Rights: The Bush Administration Detention Policy 04/23/2004
The Long Shadow of Jim Crow: Voter Suppression in America 09/01/2004
UN-dermined: The Right's Disdain for the UN and International Treaties 01/01/2005
Flaws and Failings 02/05/2005
Supreme Court End-of-Term Analysis: 2005-06 Term 09/17/2005
The Patriot Pastors Electoral War Against the 'Hordes of Hell' 07/10/2006
Ralph Reed: The Crash of the Choir-Boy Wonder 07/21/2006
The New Face of Jim Crow: Voter Suppression in America 08/24/2006
David Barton: Propaganda Masquerading as History 09/21/2006
The State of the Judiciary and the Bush Legacy 09/25/2008
Federal Judge Terrence Boyle Unfit for Promotion to Appeals Court 10/02/2008
Carolyn Kuhl’s Hearing Strengthened the Case Against Her Confirmation 10/02/2008
Carolyn Kuhl's Misleading Testimony Concerning the Sanchez-Scott Case 10/02/2008
Prop 8's Call to Extremism 10/15/2008
The Human Toll: How Individual Americans Have Fared at the Hands of Bush Judges 10/21/2008
More Rights At Stake: A Preview of the Supreme Court's 2008-09 Term 10/21/2008
A Lou Engle Hit Parade 11/05/2008
Beyond the Sigh of Relief: Justices in the Role of Marshall and Brennan 12/08/2008
Harry Jackson: Point Man for the Wedge Strategy 04/28/2009
Editorial Memo: The Citizens United Decision and How to Fix It 01/26/2010
Manhattan Declaration: Old Poison, New Packaging 02/09/2010
GOP Obstruction of Executive Branch Nominees 03/03/2010
Broad Based Support for Dawn Johnsen 03/26/2010
Republican Obstruction of Executive and Judicial Nominees 04/20/2010
Editorial Memo: The Right's Recycled Supreme Court Strategy 05/06/2010
Choosing the Next Supreme Court Justice: Lessons From the Jurisprudence of Associate Justice John Paul Stevens 05/07/2010
Questions and Answers About the Boycott of Arizona 05/17/2010
Letter to Attorney General Holder from Progressive Organizations on Miranda and the Public Safety Exception 05/17/2010
20 Questions for Solicitor General Kagan 06/17/2010
PFAW Memo: Evaluating the Kagan Hearings 07/13/2010
PFAW Memo: Robert Gibbs, the “Professional Left”, and the Opportunity We Can’t Miss 08/17/2010
Losing Their Appeal: The Real Reason the Right is Terrified by the Prop 8 Case 08/24/2010
Rise of the Corporate Court: How the Supreme Court is Putting Businesses First 09/20/2010
After Citizens United: A Look into the Pro-Corporate Players in American Politics 10/21/2010
John Boehner, A Profile in Corporatism 11/08/2010
Citizens Blindsided: Secret Corporate Money in the 2010 Elections and America’s New Shadow Democracy 11/18/2010
Letter to Senate Leadership from Progressive Organizations Calling for an End to the Backlog of Judicial Nominees 11/18/2010
A Government That Works: Americans Want a Functioning Government 11/22/2010
Holding Judges Hostage 12/10/2010
GOP Senators Target Judicial Nominees of Color 12/22/2010
Changing How We Treat Judicial Nominees 01/05/2011
One Year After the Citizens United v. FEC Decision 01/19/2011
Health Care Reform Repeal: Bought and Paid for by Citizens United 01/19/2011
Editorial Memorandum: Judicial Nominees and the State of the Union 01/25/2011
The GOP Takes Its War on Women to the States 03/07/2011
PFAW Edit Memo: Progress on Judicial Confirmations (But Not Enough) 03/08/2011
PFAW Edit Memo: The Lesson From One Year of Health Care Reform—Pay Attention to the Courts 03/23/2011
Letter to Haley Barbour from PFAW President Michael Keegan 03/25/2011
Trent Franks Beyond the Pale: Representing the Extremist Wing of the Republican Party 03/31/2011
Anatomy of a Koch-a-Thon: Sham Budget Hearings Brought to You by the Koch Brothers 04/14/2011
Issa’s Hydrofracking Hearing: The Facts 05/04/2011
Transcript of PFAW's Teleconference on Hydrofracking 05/06/2011
GOP Leaders’ Favorite ‘Historian’ David Barton on The Daily Show: Dishonest History & Frightening Constitutional Theory 05/12/2011
Ten Questions for Tim Pawlenty 05/31/2011
Why is the GOP keeping women and people of color off the bench? 05/31/2011
Questions for the Candidates: What We’d Like to See Asked at Tonight’s GOP Debate 06/13/2011
The 2010-2011 Supreme Court Term: Corporate Power v. People’s Rights 06/14/2011
Judiciary Committee Republicans: Delay for Delay’s Sake 06/15/2011
Barriers to Justice and Accountability: How the Supreme Court's Recent Rulings Will Affect Corporate Behavior 06/29/2011
Gov. Rick Perry’s Extremist Allies 07/28/2011
Time to Stop GOP Obstruction of Judicial Nominees 08/02/2011
PFAW Edit Memo: The Response: Rick Perry Jockeys For The Fringe Vote 08/04/2011
The Wisconsin Six: The Backbone of Scott Walker's Extreme Agenda 08/09/2011
Corporate Infusion: What the Tea Party’s Really Serving America 09/14/2011
The True Spirit of the Union 09/19/2011
The Citizens United Era: How the Supreme Court Continues to Put Business First 09/28/2011
The Supreme Court vs. Individual Americans in the Citizens United Era: What’s on Tap for the Coming Supreme Court Term 10/03/2011
ALEC IN ARIZONA: The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in the Halls of Arizona's Legislature 11/28/2011
ALEC in Ohio: The Corporate Special Interests That Help Write Ohio's Laws 03/06/2012
The War on Women 04/13/2012
Borking America 04/18/2012
12 Rules for Mixing Religion and Politics 08/02/2012
The 2012-13 Supreme Court Term: Many More Chances for Conservative Mischief 09/28/2012
The Right to Vote Under Attack, 2012 Update 10/30/2012
The Importance of the Supreme Court in the 2012 Presidential Election 11/01/2012
The Critically Important DC Circuit Court 02/20/2013
The Right Wing Takes Aim at Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act 02/26/2013
America's Progress at Risk: Restoring Balance to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals 03/21/2013
Equal Protection or "Social Tradition": The Supreme Court's Test in the Marriage Cases 03/26/2013
Money Out, Voters In: A Guide to Democratic Reform 09/19/2013
Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Judging Employees by Their Work Performance, Not by Who They Are or Who They Love 10/01/2013
The Gospel of Citizens United: In Hobby Lobby, Corporations Pray for the Right to Deny Workers Contraception 03/21/2014
Education Without Discrimination: Creating Safe Schools for All Students 03/31/2014
How The Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Could Balloon Spending In State Elections 05/13/2014
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Dissenting For Democracy 07/16/2014

Blaming Black Voters for Prop 8 Loss is Wrong and Destructive

The LGBT-equality movement should recognize that its real enemies are the Religious Right organizations and leaders who oppose gay and lesbian equality and who devise and fund strategies like Prop 8. And we must commit now to building long-term partnerships with equality-affirming African American clergy and community leaders that will allow us to advance the progressive values that we share.

The Rise of Lou Engle

Sarah Posner has a good piece up at Religion Dispatches on Lou Engle, founder of The Call, and his recent branching out from this militant anti-abortion proselytizing and into the marriage debate and the upcoming election. 

Engle, as Posner explains, is best known for his efforts to turns hordes of young men and women into warriors for Christ and “raise up of an army of spiritual warriors for revival” and is becoming something of a regular figure in the political Religious Right movement, appearing with notable figures such as Tony Perkins and Mike Huckabee before and during his recent “The Call” rally in Washington, DC:

The Call’s advisory board is stacked with prominent Pentecostal and charismatic preachers, leading figures in the controversial apostolic movement, which is elevating a new generation of self-appointed prophets and apostles, African-American and Latino religious leaders, charismatic publishing giant Stephen Strang, and religious right leaders like Perkins, Harry Jackson, and Gary Bauer.

The religious right political leadership’s keen interest in Engle was evident at The Call held on the National Mall in August. The day before the event, the public relations firm Shirley Bannister introduced Engle, flanked by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and former Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, at a press conference just a few blocks from the White House. Perkins, one of the most visible political leaders on the religious right, noted Engle’s influence on young evangelicals, who he claimed were even more conservative on abortion than their parents, though he cited no surveys or polls to support the claim.

Engle, per his custom, likened his crusade against abortion to Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement. He rocked back and forth, as though davening, preached against Roe v. Wade, and shouted, as the crowd prayed and spoke in tongues, “this is a Passover Day for America. Today, we plead the blood of Jesus on the doorpost!” Purity covenants, requiring abstention from even thinking about sex outside of marriage, were distributed. Participants were urged to consecrate themselves, to be ready for the moment when Jesus “is going to rule over Washington, DC and the world.”

“Repentance and revival cannot start in the building behind me,” said Huckabee, his back to the Capitol, “until it starts in the temple inside me.”

But when he’s not leading day-long rallies such as this or the anti-gay marriage one scheduled at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium this weekend, Engle and his army can be found at International House of Prayer he co-founded in Kansas City where they direct their prayers toward things like remaking the US Supreme Court … and rather successfully at that, according to Engle: 

Engle unabashedly credits prayer for George W. Bush’s presidency and his subsequent appointment of Supreme Court Justices who upheld the ban on so-called “partial birth abortion.” “The praying church deals with the demonic realm, so that God raises up one and brings down the other,” Engle said in a recent video on The Call’s web site, explaining how prayer proved victorious over satanic forces in the spiritual warfare of an election, adding, “I directly attribute [Bush’s election] to the prayers of the saints.”

Young people at his House of Prayer, said Engle, had been praying about judges for three years when Sandra Day O’Connor retired and William Rehnquist died. As if to prove to his acolytes that their prayer and fasting is not in vain, Engle maintains that their prayers and prophecies shaped the Supreme Court. “One of the young ladies had a dream,” Engle asserted, “that a man named John Roberts would be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.” He beams with pride. “Don’t you think those kids were baptized with confidence? Their prayers, I believe, were literally moving a king to appoint a justice who has now led a court that has banned partial birth abortion. Don’t tell me prayer doesn’t shape a nation.”

Reports: Equality For All

Title Date
Education Without Discrimination: Creating Safe Schools for All Students 03/31/2014
Globalizing Homophobia: How the American Right Supports and Defends Russia’s Anti-Gay Crackdown 02/10/2014
Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Judging Employees by Their Work Performance, Not by Who They Are or Who They Love 10/01/2013
Congressional Republicans' Clear Choice on Immigration: Stand With Pro-Reform Majorities or Cave to Anti-Immigrant Extremists 08/19/2013
Chipping Away at Choice: Five Growing Threats to Women’s Healthcare Access and Autonomy 07/09/2013
Equal Protection or "Social Tradition": The Supreme Court's Test in the Marriage Cases 03/26/2013
12 Rules for Mixing Religion and Politics 08/02/2012
UPDATED! Big Bullies: The Right Wing's Anti- Anti-Bullying Strategies 04/20/2012
The Mythical Martyrdom of Jerry Boykin 03/08/2012
The Right Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism 07/25/2011
Barton’s Bunk: Religious Right ‘Historian’ Hits the Big Time in Tea Party America 04/18/2011
Big Bullies: How the Religious Right is Trying to Make Schools Safe for Bullies and Dangerous for Gay Kids 04/13/2011
PFAW Edit Memo: The Lesson From One Year of Health Care Reform—Pay Attention to the Courts 03/23/2011
The GOP Takes Its War on Women to the States 03/07/2011
Citizenship in the Balance: How Anti-Immigrant Activists Twist the Facts, Ignore History, and Flout the Constitution 02/23/2011
Losing Their Appeal: The Real Reason the Right is Terrified by the Prop 8 Case 08/24/2010
PFAW Memo: Robert Gibbs, the “Professional Left”, and the Opportunity We Can’t Miss 08/17/2010
Letter to Attorney General Holder from Progressive Organizations on Miranda and the Public Safety Exception 05/17/2010
Questions and Answers About the Boycott of Arizona 05/17/2010
Religious Right Targets Maine & Marriage Equality with Money, Anti-Gay Swat Teams and Reprise of Prop-8’s False Fearmongering Strategies 09/17/2009

Prop 8's Call to Extremism

A report examining Lou Engle, a leader in the right-wing fight to pass Proposition 8 in California, and his extremist brand of "Dominionist" Christianity.

Anti-Gay Leaders: Fasting and Massive Mobilization Will Bring Prop 8 Victory

On Wednesday, September 24, 2008, the latest multi-church conference call by backers of Proposition 8 in California focused on encouraging pastors to raise more money for the initiative, get their church members involved in phone-calling and door-to-door .

Gearing Up for a Fight

Picking up where they left off on their July 30 conference call, anti-gay pastors at an estimated 170-180 locations in Arizona, California, and Florida reconvened for the third of seven conference calls between now and November, once more employing violen

"The Armageddon of the Culture War"

On July 30, 2008, pastors gathered at 215 sites to participate in a national conference call where they were were exhorted by Religious Right leaders and local anti-gay pastors to spare nothing in the cultural and spiritual war against Satan and his allies who support marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.

The Fight for Marriage Equality in California 2008

An overview of the fight for marriage equality in California, where religious right leaders have gathered enough petitions to place an amendment on the ballot that would repeal the right for same-sex couples to marry.
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