Fighting the Right

PFAW President Decries Double Standard on McCain, Obama and Religion

In the aftermath of the firestorm surrounding former pastor Jeremiah Wright’s remarks and Senator Obama’s speech yesterday, People For the American Way President Kathryn Kolbert decried the double standard applied to Obama and McCain, and urged scrutiny of McCain’s ties to the leaders of the radical Religious Right. She had the following statement:

“Barack Obama made a remarkable speech to the nation yesterday with a principled call for racial reconciliation and a straightforward denunciation of statements by his former pastor that could divide, not unite Americans.

McCain Gets Into Bed with the Religious Right

In his effort to curry favor with conservative Republican activists, John McCain has worked hard to cuddle up to Religious Right leaders. But voters should know who exactly he’s been courting.

This week McCain campaigned with Rod Parsley, founder and president of “The Center for Moral Clarity” and leader of the right-wing “Patriot Pastors” (a church based campaign that was infamous for referring to political opponents as “secular jihadists,” the “forces of darkness,” and the “hordes of hell.”)

Religious Right Voters Put Huckabee Over the Top

Statement by People For the American Way VP for Communications Peter Montgomery

If there were any doubts that Religious Right voters are still a powerful force in the Republican Party, Mike Huckabee’s huge win in Iowa put them to rest.

Huckabee’s rise was built on fervent grassroots organizing by Religious Right activists who embraced him as their dream candidate, even as the movement’s national leaders kept their distance while making calculations on electability.

Huckabee v. Huckabee

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Sunday denied on national television that he had called for quarantine of people infected with HIV when he was running for Senate in 1992, even though he is on record saying, "we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague."

“Mike Huckabee is denying his own dangerous demagoguery, but his words are plain for everyone to see,” said PFAW political director Mary Jean Collins. “It’s astonishing how often people who claim to represent truth have so much trouble with the concept.”

PFAW Statement on Rev. Jerry Falwell

In response to the news of the death of Jerry Falwell, People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas issued the following statement:

We extend our condolences to Rev. Jerry Falwell’s family and friends. He was an effective advocate for his vision of America, a vision with which we strongly disagreed.

People For the American Way was founded in part to help Americans mobilize principled opposition to the rhetoric and agenda of televangelists like Revs. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.

David Barton: Propaganda Masquerading as History

In 1987, God reportedly told David Barton, a one-time science teacher at a fundamentalist Christian school that grew out of a church started by his own parents, that he was “to search the library and find the date that prayer had been prohibited in public schools [and] obtain a record of national SAT scores … spanning several decades.” Predictably, the result of Barton’s unscientific study was to find a “correlation” between the alleged banning of prayer and a decrease in SAT scores, as well as increases in everything from alcohol consumption to crimes rates across the nation.

The Right’s Favorite Pseudo-Historian

Through his organization, Wallbuilders, Barton peddles a wide array of videos, books and other resources designed to “introduce the current generation of Americans to an uncensored view of America’s religious and political history.”[10] 

Intolerance, Extremism, Pursuit of Political Power Mark New Generation of Religious Right Leaders

Report Documents Rise of ‘Patriot Pastors’ Movement in Ohio and Other States

“I came to incite a riot! Man your battle stations! Ready your weapons! Lock and load!” Those incendiary words are the rallying cry of televangelist Rod Parsley, a leader of an increasingly prominent group of Religious Right activists known as the “Patriot Pastors” who are using their pulpits to advance far-right policies and politicians at the ballot box.

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