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The Values Voter Summit and the Idolatry of 'Family Values'

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2011 | Gay Voices
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

The real sin at the Values Voter Summit was not homosexuality or transgender identity but the idolatry of so-called "family values." Speakers exhibited a remarkable disregard for what the Bible and Christian theology actually say about marriage and family values.

Values Voter Summit -- Or Anti-LGBT Hate Fest?

Mark Potok | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Mark Potok

Starting today, a number of prominent public figures will be attending and speaking at the Values Voter Summit, an annual gathering of socially conservative activists in Washington. But just what kind of values are they promoting?

Rally for Equality in Tupelo, Hate Group's Hometown

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Gay Voices
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

We're taking our film and campaign to Tupelo to help build support for efforts to counter the divisiveness of hate groups like the American Family Association, and to make our communities more just and inclusive for LGBT people.

Dominionism? What Dominionism?

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 11.14.2011 | Religion
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

Not all evangelicals are dominionists who want to remove religious liberty, but one does not have to go too deeply into the evangelical waters to find some who do.

Jaweed Kaleem

UPDATE: Liberal Christians Join Voices Protesting 9/11 Memorial 'Clergy Ban' | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion

UPDATE 9/7/11:Prominent liberal Christians are joining the chorus of protest over the lack of clergy participating in the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony o...

Rick Perry: Uniting the Really Far Right and the Really, Really Far Right

Michael Keegan | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

If Rick Perry does become the Republican "unity candidate," that will be further evidence that the GOP has abandoned any credible claim to representing the economic interests or constitutional values embraced by most Americans.

A Prayer For Ricky Meany

James Moore | Posted 10.07.2011 | Politics
James Moore

Rick Perry has used his office, his tax-paid time, state letterhead, and the Texas brand to promote a single religion. The man who would protect the Constitution as president begins his campaign with a gross violation of one of its most basic tenets.

Blogs, Faith And Norway: Terror And Responsibility

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.24.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Christianity is not to blame. At the same time, we cannot ignore that the fringes of the religious right in the United States have created an atmosphere of intolerance and fear directed at Muslims.

Rick Perry's A-Team and the 'Antichrist Oprah'

Michael Keegan | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Texas Governor Rick Perry's choice of allies in launching a massive evangelical "prayer rally" in Houston next month belies his claim that it will be "apolitical" or even quasi-tolerant of non-Christians.

Critics Charge Perry Prayer Event Intended To Convert Non-Christians

The New York Times | Erik Eckholm | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics

Gov. Rick Perry's call for a "day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation," which has been criticized for being exclusively Christian, ...

Rick Perry's 'Response' Threatens America, As Do Many Of The Responses To It

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 08.12.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Until there is a plan which respectfully addresses those left out or those who choose not to participate, Response, and all those responding to it, will be adding to America's woes not healing them.

Rick Perry Prayer Event Draws Criticism Over Anti-Gay Group Partnership

Houston Chronicle | PATRICIA KILDAY HART | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics

Gov. Rick Perry's Aug. 6 day of prayer and fasting at Reliant Stadium is generating significant heat nationwide, with critics protesting the exclusive...

Rick Perry Holding Prayer Event To Guide 'Nation In Crisis'

Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

By Jim Forsyth - Sun Jun 5, 6:19 pm ET SAN ANTONIO -- Saying "there is hope for America, and we will find it on our knees," Texas Governor Rick...

On Anti-Bullying 'Day of Silence,' the Religious Right Cheers on the Bullies

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The religious right's efforts to boycott and counteract an anti-bullying day of silence shows the staggering extent of its campaign to prevent the recognition and acceptance of gay people in all parts of society.

Confronting Religious Extremists, Combating Hatred

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.07.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

What's the best strategy for dealing with a Christian extremist who spews hatred at every turn? How about when the person in question has a national platform?

Religious Freedom Is Only For Christians?

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

As so many before me have said, hate is not a Christian value -- and we shouldn't let it become an American value either.

Religious Right Demands City of Intercourse, PA Change Its Name

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

"What could they possibly have been thinking?" asks Andrew Gutierrez, of the American Family Association. "There are lots of safe, respectful Christian names. How 'bout 'Springfield'?"

Ronald Reagan's Legacy Becomes New 'Tool' in Attacking the Gay Community

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

I haven't weighed on the conservative mass inconization of former President Ronald Reagan because, to a degree, it's so amusing.

Religious Right Doesn't Want LGBT Children To Have Parental Support

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Alvin McEwen

The sad irony is that without parental support, LGBT children are more likely to engage in behaviors and thereby become a statistic eagerly cited by religious right leaders.

Pawlenty Mingles With Anti-Gay Hate Group, Wants to Reinstate DADT

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

Someone should inform Pawlenty that the lgbt community aren't exactly as compliant as we were back in 2004. And we won't wait until someone uses us as scapegoats before we fight back.

Should Christians Be Pacifists?

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

Christianity is not a religion of pacifism, but neither is it a religion of "valor and gallantry in waging aggressive war in a just cause against the enemies of freedom while inflicting massive casualties in the process."

Shame Upon Shame: The National Portrait Gallery is Pummeled by Protest

Cat Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Cat Weaver

James T. Bartlett has resigned as National Portrait Gallery commissioner, in protest of the Smithsonian's removal of David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly from the "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" exhibition.

Anti-Gay Hate Groups Waiting In The Wings

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

The Southern Poverty Law Center report is a sober reminder that we must remain vigilant in combating extremism. There are well-organized and wealthy hate machines waiting in the wings, poised to cause tremendous harm to LGBT people.

Newly Named Anti-Gay Hate Groups Plead Victimhood But Do Not Address Charges

Alvin McEwen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alvin McEwen

Apparently some organizations who are on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list and profiles of anti-gay hate groups aren't happy about it.

Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins, and the Hate Agenda

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Fischer's extreme view on gay people is disturbing, but it's not unique: The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins has repeatedly insulted servicemembers in his quest to keep gays and lesbians from serving in the military.