‘Activist Mommy’ Terrorizes LGBTQ Prom With Hateful Phone Campaign
Jun 26, 2019

By Tracy E. Gilchrist Virulently anti-LGBTQ activist Elizabeth Johnston, who goes by the name “Activist Mommy,” launched a phone campaign that succeeded in pushing a branch of the Jacksonville, Fla., Public Library to cancel a queer-inclusive prom at the venue over concerns for the teens’ safety, according to local TV station WJAX.  Johnston is known for …

A Recent Local Controversy Reveals the Theocratic Heart of ‘Project Blitz’
Jun 25, 2019

By Frederick Clarkson Much has happened since RD broke the story last year of Project Blitz—a stealth state legislative campaign of the Christian right that framed much of their agenda in terms of religious freedom. Controversies over legislation based on model bills have broken out across the country on issues ranging from LGBTQ civil rights and discrimination in …

Evangelicals go all in for Trump reelection
Jun 25, 2019

By Jonathan Easley Faith leaders and anti-abortion groups are ramping up their efforts to reelect President Trump, rewarding a president who has become an unlikely hero of the Christian right because of his commitment to socially conservative causes. The Faith and Freedom Coalition will spend tens of millions of dollars on a voter mobilization effort that …

Conservative Trashes Secular and Satanic “Cockroaches” Ruining Christian America
Jun 24, 2019

By Hemant Mehta Over the past week, we’ve seen the Supreme Court protect the existence of a Giant Christian Cross on public land, while saying taking it down would be perceived as anti-Christian. We’ve also seen a Satanist deliver an invocation in front of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Alaska, because a lawsuit forced the elected officials to …

SCOTUS’ Bladensburg Cross Ruling is a Church-State Mess
Jun 21, 2019

By Andrew L. Seidel The 40ft tall Christian cross, crumbling though it is, will remain in its traffic circle in Bladensburg, Md., because it’s been there for a long time and removing it would make people angry. The conservative bloc on the Court went into this case seemingly united in an effort to bring “some clarity” to the …

Alleged Child Molester Roy Moore Will Run for Senate Again in 2020
Jun 21, 2019

By Hemant Mehta During a press conference this afternoon, disgraced two-time Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and multiple-time creepster and alleged pedophile Roy Moore said he plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2020. (Watch the video below around the 17:15 mark.) Assuming Moore wins the GOP primary, which he no doubt will, Republicans will be putting …

Supreme Court rules that Maryland ‘Peace Cross’ honoring military dead may remain on public land
Jun 20, 2019

By Robert Barnes The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a 40-foot cross erected as a tribute to war dead may continue to stand on public land in Maryland, rejecting arguments that it was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The vote was 7 to 2, but the ruling prompted an outpouring of individual opinions as the …

Atheist ashram on Lord Krishna’s home turf roils India’s Hindu nationalists
Jun 20, 2019

By Priyadarshini Sen In this major pilgrimage center for the Hare Krishna movement, Purnendu Goswami survives as a rare atheist. Goswami, 44, runs the Bindu Seva Sansthan ashram in this northern Indian town that is considered sacred in Vaishnavism, one of Hinduism’s main branches. Dressed in a white robe like any local guru, the plain-speaking …

Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement
Jun 20, 2019 · 2 

By Lena H. Sun and Amy Brittain A wealthy Manhattan couple has emerged as significant financiers of the anti-vaccine movement, contributing more than $3 million in recent years to groups that stoke fears about immunizations online and at live events — including two forums this year at the epicenter of measles outbreaks in New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Hedge …

Anti-LGBTQ Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Now Leads U.S. Religious Freedom Group
Jun 19, 2019

By David G. McAfee Tony Perkins, the leader of the anti-LGBTQ hate group Family Research Council, is now the head of a legitimate government organization dedicated to religious freedom. Perkins, who once said religious liberties don’t apply to Muslims, was appointed by GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell last year to serve as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious …

The Evangelical, the ‘Pool Boy,’ the Comedian and Michael Cohen
Jun 19, 2019

By Frances Robles and Jim Rutenberg MIAMI BEACH — Senator Ted Cruz was running neck and neck with Donald J. Trump in Iowa just before the caucuses in 2016, but his campaign was expecting a last-minute boost from a powerful endorser, Jerry Falwell Jr. Mr. Falwell was chancellor of one of the nation’s largest Christian …

Atheist nurse’s fight against mandatory AA will go before B.C. Human Rights Tribunal
Jun 18, 2019

By Bethany Lindsay A B.C. nurse who lost his job when he refused to attend a 12-step program for addiction will get a chance to argue he was discriminated against as an atheist. Byron Wood contends Alcoholics Anonymous’s emphasis on placing your life in the hands of a higher power simply won’t work for someone …