August 2012

Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 08/29/2012, 10:10am
It is already well-known that Religious Right activists played a central role in drafting and shaping the official Republican Party Platform to reflect their political agenda.  The extent to which just how thoroughly the Religious Right's agenda dominates the 2012 GOP platform was helpfully exposed last night when David Barton appeared on GBTV to brag that the platform is "the most conservative in my lifetime," revealing that he personally "made 71 motions to add to this platform and 70 of them got passed": MORE
Josh Glasstetter, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 5:31pm
Along with the parade of Republican officials and Tea Party favorites like Gov. Scott Walker and Ted Cruz, two darlings of the Religious Right will be speaking tonight during the Republican National Convention: Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia chaired the 2012 RNC platform committee, which a committee member described as “the most conservative platform in modern history.” McDonnell, known to many as Governor Ultrasound for his support of the “vaginal probe” law, is the most prominent graduate of Pat Robertson’s foray into higher education – Christian... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 4:39pm
Jeremy Hooper: NOM's NC ad touts man who calls homosexuality 'wicked, deviant, immoral, self-destructive, anti-human sexual behavior.' Zack Beauchamp @ Think Progress: GOP Draft Platform: ‘Homosexual Agenda’ Advanced By Obama Foreign Aid. Tim Murphy @ Mother Jones: Herman Cain Goes Off (Video): "There are No Racial Implications" to Romney Welfare Ad. James Rainey @ LA Times: Conservative icon Schlafly could use a lesson on bearing false witness. Steve Benen @ The Maddow Blog: Abandoning the pretense of caring about facts. Carlos... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 4:33pm
In case you needed any more proof that Herman Cain is off his rocker, he now says that "if everyone had competed fairly and honestly, I’d probably be the nominee being nominated this week." The NAR group David's Tent is will be hosting "40 days [of] continuous 24 hour worship in joyous celebration will take place on the The White House grounds" leading up to the election. For some reason, organizers decided it would be a good idea to have Cardinal Timothy Dolan deliver the closing prayer at next week's Democratic National Convention. FRC needs... MORE
Peter Montgomery, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 4:23pm
The Log Cabin Republicans group turns 20 this year, but the party’s platform committee did not give them much to celebrate. The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins has been bragging for more than a week about how much influence his group had on the platform, which reflects the religious right’s anti-gay opposition to marriage equality.  Perkins and others shot down an attempt to add support for civil unions to the platform. But at a Monday afternoon reception co-hosted by Log Cabin and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, the mood is... MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 3:33pm
While appearing on Kenneth Copeland's "Believer's Voice of Victory" television program, David Barton said that any effort to change the definition of marriage to include "a man and a man or a dog and a horse" will harm a nation's ability to prosper economically "because you're violating commands of God": MORE
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 2:53pm
David Barton has returned for another extended appearance on Kenneth Copeland's "Believers Voice of Victory" television program where he made the case that our economic system must be set up to correspond to "the way God says the government should do economics," which means that government needs to "reward those who make a profit."   But rather than doing that, Barton warned, our government is punishing those who have been successful and using their money to reward those who aren't productive or bail-out those who have run their business into... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 1:05pm
A number of Religious Right organizations are coming together for an election season coalition to attack President Obama in swing states. The Family Research Council, National Organization for Marriage, The Family Leader, Concerned Women for America, American Principles Project, the Susan B. Anthony List and Common Sense Issues have joined the “Life and Marriage Coalition,” which FRC head Tony Perkins said is needed to defeat Obama’s “anti-marriage and anti-life policies.” A coalition of the nation’s most prominent conservative social issue groups (... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 11:55am
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins continued to brag about his role in shaping the Republican Party platform, as he along with Religious Right activists like David Barton and James Bopp heavily influenced the document dubbed the “most conservative platform in modern history.” While speaking to Janet Mefferd yesterday, Perkins said he “inserted the language as it pertains to marriage and some other key issues” and was happy to report that “we have one of the most conservative platforms that the Republican Party’s ever had.” Perkins also... MORE
Brian Tashman, Tuesday 08/28/2012, 11:15am
The 700 Club today highlighted the anti-gay views of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) and its founder William Owens, who praised the Republican Party for opposing gay rights in its platform and “ensuring that at least one party is willing to stand up for the common sense, biblical understand of marriage.” Owens’s son, William Owens Jr., told CBN that same-sex marriage will “hurt the heart of God.” While CBN’s Lee Webb described CAAP as a “major coalition,” the group receives all of its funding from allied conservative... MORE
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