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ssdJan 15, 2014 – The Stealth War On Abortion
November 18, 2014 – “The New Culture War”
MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon discusses how the Religious Right’s war to alter the meaning of religious freedom has become the newest culture war in the U.S. She draws heavily from PRA’s groundbreaking report Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights to show how conservatives are twisting the original meaning and intent of religious freedom to strip individuals of there freedom, while giving corporations and institutions the power to force us all to believe whatever our bosses may believe.
November 8, 2014 – “Separating Church and State Still an Issue in the US”
Senior fellow Fred Clarkson is interviewed by Eleanor Bader of Truthout, and criticizes the town of Ave Maria, Florida—created by Tom Monaghan to be an all-Roman Catholic society. Clarkson raises the serious questions of possible 1st Amendment violations. “A guy like Tom Monahan does not get to rewrite the Constitution in accordance with his religious or political viewpoint. … For me, the real question is one that Thomas Jefferson asked: Are you as free to go out of a church as you are to go into one? Or are you a captive of the company store?”
October 30, 2014 – “How Political Donors Are Changing Statehouse News Reporting“
Senior fellow Fred Clarkson speaks with Governing Magazine about the conservative Franklin Center and State Policy Network groups masquerading as legitimate “news” outlets to push their ideological agendas. “This assembly line of politics, policy and news is unprecedented in American history. They are a corrupt enterprise using the façade of journalism to carry out a political agenda.”
October 21, 2014 – “The Religious Liberty Campaign”
Dr. Jay Michaelson joined NPR’s RadioWest program to discuss how the Religious Right and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) are putting their own members at risk by creating “religious freedom exemptions” to civil rights laws. If private businesses can discriminate against LGBTQ people on religious grounds, than White business owners can discriminate against Blacks, Male business owners can discriminate against women, and Evangelicals can discriminate against Mormons. Click the title to listen, and read Michaelson’s full report Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights here.
October 10, 2014 – “This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade“
ProPublica draws on the research of PRA senior fellow Fred Clarkson to discuss Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, whose mentor, Justice Roy Moore, installed a granite Ten Commandments monument in the state judiciary building which touched off what became a considerable embarrassment and a genuine constitutional crisis. At Parker’s swearing-in, he made it clear that he had sought the bench to continue his old boss’s spiritual fight.
September 14, 2014 – “Bronx Councilman’s Gay Problem“
Crain’s New York gets a preview of PRA’s upcoming report, Religious Right Leaders Use Prominent Athletes and Movie Stars, Scam Progressive Donors to Advance Outreach, to show how New York City Council member Fernando Cabrera is deeply tied to not only some of the leading Ugandan activists responsible for the “Kill the Gays bill,” but also U.S. Religious Right leaders who are camouflaging their right-wing agenda to scam progressive donors.
August 29, 2014 – “It’s Harder to Reach the American Dream If You’re Reaching All Alone“
Robert Borosage discusses the decline of labor in the United States, particularly within the private market. The absence of worker voices on the job is leading to higher rates of “contingent employees,” who see fewer hours, low to no benefits, and constant job insecurity. Borosage draws from PRA’s groundbreaking report on Low-Wage Worker Organizing to show the constant attacks on labor by the Right.
August 29, 2014 – “Rev. Dr. William Barber II on North Carolina’s Fight for Democracy“
BillMoyers.com publishes a long excerpt of PRA Economic Justice fellow Mariya Strauss’ interview with North Carolina NAACP president Rev. Dr. William Barber II. Barber points out the Right’s neoliberal agenda in his state includes denying necessary funds and access to public education. Read the excerpt on BillMoyers.com, and the full interview here.
August 26, 2014 – “Dan Page’s Deeply Disturbing Views on Race, Sexual Assault, and Government“
Slate reporter Boer Deng provides more coverage of PRA’s breaking news about the officer who shoved CNN’s Don Lemon in Ferguson, MO. PRA exposed 3 radio interviews Page did within the past few months, claiming knowledge of a military plot to overthrow U.S. sovereignty, that 99.9% of sexual assaults in the military are “bogus,” and that White female teachers in the public education system are purposefully teaching young Black men to be willing to violently disarm White men.
August 24, 2014 – “More Audio Surfaces From Dan Page, the St. Louis County Police Officer Suspended After Racist Remarks“
Mother Jones reporter AJ Vicens covers PRA’s breaking news about Officer Dan Page in Ferguson, who we now have on record claiming knowledge of a military plot to overthrow U.S. sovereignty, that 99.9% of sexual assaults in the military are “bogus,” and that White female school teachers are teaching young Black men to violently hate White men. Read PRA’s breaking news coverage here.
August 5, 2014 – “Mainstream Extremism“
Baltimore City Paper is the latest news outlet to cover Michael Peroutka, the Theocrat and former Constitution Party presidential candidate who is now the Republican nominee for a city council seat in Anne Arundel. The story has been exposed by PRA senior fellow Fred Clarkson, and BCP’s story covers Clarkson’s research into Peroutka’s calls for invalidation of Maryland’s state government, and militant theocratic revolution.
July 30, 2014 – “Meet New York Giants’ David Tyree’s ‘Spiritual Mother,’ Who Says ‘Jews Own Everything‘”
Michelangelo Signorile, editor-at-large at HuffPost Gay, covers PRA fellow Rachel Tabachnick’s report on the New York Giants’ David Tyree’s business and religious connections to Apostle Kimberly Daniels, his “spiritual mother,” and her radical movement. The Giants’ recent hiring of former player Tyree as director of player development has been under intense criticism because of his past anti-gay advocacy, homophobic statements and belief that gays can be turned straight.
July 23, 2014 – “Religious Liberty Belongs to Everyone, Not Just the Religious Right”
PRA executive director Tarso Luís Ramos and senior fellow Fred Clarkson publish a major OpEd in The Hill, pointing out that the Hobby Lobby decision is only a part of a broad attack by the Religious Right on civil rights by redefining Religious Liberty. “This redefinition of religious liberty effectively transforms the Framers’ shield against religious tyranny into a sword institutions can wield to impose religious dictates on individuals in the marketplace.” Read the full OpEd Here.
July 23, 2014 – “Ukraine Under Siege By The Religious Right”
Buzzflash uses research compiled by PRA’s Cole Parke to show how over the the past fifteen years, the Religious Right has launched numerous projects aimed at the Ukrainian people. The list of projects and initiatives include many prominent U.S.-based culture warriors, including Trinity Broadcasting Network, Pat Robertson, Rick Warren, and Mike Bickle. Read the full article here.
July 22, 2014 – “A much larger and more dangerous movement”: Right-wing militias thrive post-Bundy
Cliven Bundy wasn’t a one-off. Salon interviews PRA’s senior fellow, Fred Clarkson, about the ongoing encouragement of violent confrontations on the Right, which are being encouraged and promoted by high-ranking GOP operatives with ties to Republican presidential candidates. Read the full article here.
July 15, 2014 – Church of England Votes to Ordain Female Bishops
Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma is interviewed by BBC’s Newsday about the breaking news out of the Church of England. They ask him how the news is likely to be taken in Africa. Kaoma explains how the Church of England is highly influential throughout the world, but he worries this particular message won’t penetrate the Church of Africa. “This is about power. [Men] don’t want to share that power with anyone else.” Kaoma concludes, “God did not intend men to dominate women.” Listen to the full story here. (Rev. Dr. Kaoma comes in at 46:55)
July 8, 2014 – “This is a religious civil war: Hobby Lobby only the beginning for new religious theocrats”
Paul Rosenberg at Salon uses PRA’s research report Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights to make the point that we, as a nation, should be “extremely reluctant” to allow anyone or any corporation to impose its beliefs on others. Rosenberg also speaks with PRA fellow Rachel Tabachnick about her research into NAR, and followers who seek to spread their religious beliefs by gaining real dominion over the country. Read the full article here.
July 3, 2014 – “Hobby Lobby Decision RESTRICTS Religious Freedom”
PRA’s executive director Tarso Luís Ramos joined The David Pakman show to discuss how SCOTUS’ Hobby Lobby decision actually restricts religious liberty. “Despite the rhetoric of Christian Right groups, the battle for the meaning of religious liberty is not between Christianity and secularism, but between pluralism and authoritarianism. However strong their convictions may be, the Religious Right’s campaign is about exempting themselves from federal laws and winning the government-backed right to impose their religious beliefs on others. This is exactly what the Constitution’s Framers sought to avoid. They called it “tyranny.” Watch it here.
July 2, 2014 – PRA’s Fred Clarkson Discusses Religious Liberty on Between The Lines Radio
PRA’s senior fellow, Frederick Clarkson, says “The greatest significance [of the Hobby Lobby ruling] is going to be over time. When a Supreme Court decision comes down, a body of federal case laws develop as a result… As a matter of religious belief, the Supreme Court has now said that a company can defy medical science, and get an exemption from federal law. That’s an extraordinary development.” Listen to the interview here.
July 1, 2014 – “Christian Right Secession Fantasy: Spooky Neo-Confederate Talk Grows Louder At The Fringes”
Salon covers PRA senior fellow Fred Clarkson’s recent report, Rumblings of Theocratic Violence, which examines the increasing calls (including from some high-level GOP operatives) for violence, martyrdom, and revolution as the only way to establish their version of a Christian Nation. Read the full article here.
June 30, 2014 – “SCOTUS Reinterprets Religious Liberty to Justify Corporate Discrimination
PRA’s executive director Tarso Luís Ramos appeared on The Real News Network to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. “The decision effectively transforms the Framer’s notion of religious liberty as a shield against tyranny into a sword institutions can wield to impose religious dictates on individuals in the marketplace.” Watch the video here.
June 29, 2014 – “John Oliver and Uganda”
PRA had the opportunity this last week to work with HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, discussing the U.S.-based conservative evangelicals who are responsible for exporting the culture wars to Uganda and other African nations. Watch it here.
June 27, 2014 – “Now That They’ve Lost the Culture War, Will Hard-Core Homophobes Turn to Violence?”
Queerty covers the new report by PRA fellow Fred Clarkson, which examines how many leaders on the Religious Right (including some high-level GOP operatives) are increasingly calling for martyrdom and violence as their only remaining option after increasing losses in the culture wars. Read the full article here.
June 20, 2014 – “Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law and America’s Right Hand”
The Huffington Post covers PRA’s recent press release praising the Obama Administration’s newly-announced sanctions against certain officials in Uganda who are most responsible for cultivating human rights abuses. PRA says the sanctions are a good step, but social justice-minded Americans must join the fight and start holding the U.S.-based conservatives here at home accountable, and stop them from spreading the culture wars overseas. Read the full article here.
June 18, 2014 – “Right-Wing Anti-Government Violence, a Growing Threat to Democracy”
Between the Lines host Scott Harris sits down with PRA fellow Rachel Tabachnik to discuss the escalating violence and violent rhetoric coming from the religious right anti-government groups. Unless Americans stand up against it, situations like the Las Vegas shooting and Bundy Ranch are going to occur more frequently. Listen to the interview here.
June 12, 2014 – “Catholic Bishops Vote to Double Down on Culture War”
Religious Dispatches discusses the new research from PRA fellow Fred Clarkson (see: Rumblings of Theocratic Violence) about the Religious Right activists and high-level GOP operatives who are starting to advocate martyrdom and violence. Read the article here.
May 28, 2014 – “American Right-Wingers Push Anti-Gay Agenda in Africa”
Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma joins David Pakman to discuss the origins of American culture warriors persecuting sexual minorities and women in Africa. The beginnings stretch back as far as the 1980s, evolving from protection against a Soviet/Communist “threat” to the neo-colonizing version of today, where U.S. conservatives cast themselves as friends of African nations who will help protect against Western gays. Watch the video here.
May 25, 2014 – “New Book Links U.S. Conservatives and African ‘Kill the Gays’ Bills”
LGBTQ Nation features PRA and Rev. Dr. Kaoma’s new book, American Culture Warriors in Africa, urging their readers to follow the guidelines laid out in the book for how U.S. activists can counter the U.S.-based conservatives and stop their work overseas. Read the story here.
May 21, 2014 – “African Homophobes Are Politicians, Not Lunatics, Writer Says”
Buzzfeed’s J. Lester Feder interviews PRA’s senior researcher, Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, about American Culture Warriors in Africa. Kaoma emphasizes that it is not the place of American social justice activists to try and “fix” homophobia in Africa, but to work to stop the tide of homophobia and sexism flowing from American conservatives to Africa. Read the story here.
May 17, 2014 – “Help Stop Evangelicals Exporting Homophobia & Sexism Abroad”
NCRM profiles the new book from PRA and Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, American Culture Warriors in Africa: A Guide to the Exporters of Homophobia and Sexism. The book will be available May 19, and includes full profiles of the top U.S. conservative culture warriors, and concrete examples of how U.S. social justice activists can counter their work. Read the story here.
May 17, 2014 – “With Gains in U.S., Gay Rights Fight Goes Abroad”
The San Francisco Gate speaks with PRA senior researcher Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma and executive director Tarso Luís Ramos detail how U.S. conservatives—facing heavy losses here in the U.S.—are now working to export the American culture wars abroad. Read the story here.
April 1, 2014 – “Watch: Scott Lively Preached Hate in Uganda Just Before Anti-Gay Law Proposed”
The UK’s Pink News is promoting PRA’s exclusive undercover video of U.S. conservative anti-LGBTQ Pastor Scott Lively in Uganda. Lively is on tape giving a two-day seminar to lawmakers, faith leaders, and the public about the “evils” of the “homosexual agenda” and how Western LGBTQ people are coming into Ugandan schools to molest and “recruit” children. See their story here.
Mar 31, 2014 – “Don’t Be Fooled by Far-Right Activists Dressed Up As Democratic Candidates”
The Huffington Post examines PRA fellow Fred Clarkson’s research into two neo-confederates with a long history of leadership in the theocratic Constitution Party, who have simultaneously filed to run in Maryland elections – one as a Democrat and one as a Republican. You can see Clarkson’s original article here (including video), and read HuffPost’s piece here.
Mar 30, 2014 – “Scott Lively: ‘Protecting Civilization’ From Homosexuals”
PRA’s senior researcher Kapya Kaoma joined ITN News’ Channel 4 (England) in a spotlight feature about Scott Lively’s involvement in the creation of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The piece includes PRA’s exclusive video of Lively’s presentation at a Uganda anti-gay conference in 2009. Watch the full video here.
Mar 24, 2014 – “Why Corporations Don’t Deserve Religious Freedom”
PRA fellow Jay Michaelson pens an op-ed for Reuters, explaining why the Supreme Court should rule against the Hobby Lobby’s attempt to exempt themselves from the Affordable Care Act’s provision that requires employer-provided insurance plans to include contraception coverage. “Corporations exist as separate legal entities precisely to distinguish their activities from those of their owners. It is that separation that Hobby Lobby threatens to erase.” Read the full article here.
Mar 22, 2014 – “How Anti-Gay Christians Evangelize Hate Abroad”
PRA’s senior religion and sexuality researcher Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma published an Op-Ed in the LA Times this morning, detailing U.S. conservative evangelical involvement in the spread of anti-gay legislation across the world. From Uganda to Nigeria to Russia, the influence of Americans like Scott Lively, Rick Warren, and Lou Engle is spreading. Read the Op-Ed here.
Mar 10, 2014 – “Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda’s Anti-Gay Crackdown”
Mother Jones has published an incredibly in-depth analysis of Scott Lively, the U.S. right-wing evangelical who has traveled to Uganda, Russia, Latvia, and other countries where he has preached that Western homosexuals are trying to sneak into schools to recruit children for sex and urged legislation punishing local LGBTQ communities. The article draws extensively on PRA’s research, and features undercover footage shot by PRA’s Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma in Uganda of Lively. Read the full article here.
Mar 3, 2014 – “The Culture Clash”
PRA’s Senior Religion and Sexuality Researcher, Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, was featured on a recent episode of Al-Jazeera English’s “The Stream.” While U.S. right-wing pastors are desperately trying to go back and claim they had no involvement in the creation of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, Rev. Kaoma has undercover video footage proving that not only did they encourage anti-LGBTQ sentiment, they supported and assisted in its creation. Watch it here.
Feb 27, 2014 – “Arizona’s Decision on Anti-Gay Bill Unlikely to End Religious Liberty Movement”
Jay Michaelson, author of Political Research Associates’ explosive report Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Liberties, joined CNN to discuss how Arizona’s SB1062 is only the beginning of the Right’s push to redefine religious rights. Watch it here.
Feb 25, 2014 – “Amid Controversy, ‘Right to Refuse’ Bill Hits Governor’s Desk”
Jay Michaelson, author of Political Research Associates’ Redefining Religious Liberty: the Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights, joined NPR to discuss how the Right has twisted the meaning of “religious liberty” to advance a bill in Arizona that allows anyone with “sincerely held religious beliefs” to deny commercial services to LGBTQ people. Listen to the audio here.
Feb 25, 2014 – “How U.S. Evangelical Missionaries Wage War on Gay People in Uganda”
The Guardian has published a recap of PRA researcher Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma’s undercover footage of U.S. evangelical Scott Lively, who held meetings in Uganda to advocate for the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Watch the video here.
Feb 24, 2014 – “Anti-Gay Bills Abroad Tied to US Evangelicals”
Rachel Maddow interviews Jeff Sharlet, a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine, about U.S. conservative involvement in the creation of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Sharlet quotes heavily from Political Research Associates’ work, and Rachel airs video footage shot in Uganda by PRA researcher Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma. Watch Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.
Feb 24, 2014 – “U.S. Christian Right Behind Anti-Gay Law Passed in Uganda”
Political Research Associates’ senior religion and sexuality researcher, Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma, joined The Real News Network to discuss how U.S. conservative evangelicals are the real culprits behind Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Law.
Feb 24, 2014 – “Virginia counter-terror training by anti-Muslim activist sparks outcry”
The Guardian quotes PRA’s report, Manufacturing the Muslim Menace, in an article about former FBI agent John Guandolo, who is holding a 3-day conference to teach 50 law enforcement about how he believes the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government and how the CIA director is a secret Muslim. Read the full article here.
Feb 19, 2014 – “George Zimmerman’s BFF Called Oprah the N-Word”
Mother Jones‘ Matt Connolly recaps the audio clip PRA’s Rachel Tabachnick found of Frank Taaffe, a regular analyst for CNN/HLN on the George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn trials, calling Oprah Winfrey the n-word on his radio program. Read the Mother Jones piece here and our original posting of the audio here. The story was also covered by Mediaite and Raw Story.
Feb 10, 2014 – “Scrambling to Make Sense of Russia”
PRA’s Jay Michaelson, author of the groundbreaking report, Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights, joins local NPR outlet WNPR News to discuss how anti-LGBTQ laws aren’t limited to Russia; they’re cropping up around the world. Listen to the audio here.
Jan 20, 2014 – “Why the GOP’s civil war is only going to get uglier”
PRA fellow Rachel Tabachnick’s work on exposing Ron Paul as the engine behind the movement for so-called nullification bills is catching a lot of attention. The former Congressman bills himself as a libertarian, but it’s merely a front to fool supporters while his real agenda progresses. Read the full article here.
Jan 23, 2014 – “Evangelicals Are Winning The Gay Marriage Fight — in Africa and Russia”
In the latest issue of the National Journal, Political Research Associates’ researchers Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma and Cole Parke discuss how U.S.-based conservatives are working directly with the governments of nations like Russia and Uganda to bring about anti-LGBTQ legislation. Read the full article here.
Jan 16, 2014 – “Tea Party hatches quiet-but-insane plot against democracy: Meet the ’12 Percent Solution'”
PRA fellows Fred Clarkson and Rachel Tabachnick are featured prominently in this article out of Salon. They discuss the disturbing new trend emerging from the Right, a push for a constitutional convention that would strip power away from the United States and feed it to conservatives in state legislatures. Read the full article here.
Jan 15, 2014 – “The Stealth War on Abortion”
PRA fellow Rachel Tabachnick discusses how the Right has merged unpopular social attacks on women’s health with conservative economic policy, creating a single “worldview” with the war on reproductive rights as a non-negotiable component.
Read the Full Article Here
Jan 13, 2014 – “When the Right to Religion Conflicts With a Changing Society”
Jay Michaelson, author of the groundbreaking PRA report Redefining Religious Liberty: the Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights, joined NPR’s All Things Considered to discuss how the Right has manipulated the meaning of religious liberty, which guarantees the free practice of religions themselves, to claim that religious individuals are the victims for not being allowed to use their religious beliefs as a basis for discrimination in non-religious commercial settings.
Listen to the Audio Here
Jan 8, 2014 – “Nuns’ Obamacare Challenge and the Right”
In her column on CNN.com, author Sally Kohn uses PRA’s research on the Becket Fund to highlight its financial and ideological ties to the agenda of the Religious Right.
Read the Article Here
Dec 20, 2013 – “Ugandan MPs rush through draconian laws against homosexuality”
PRA executive director Tarso Luís Ramos and senior religion and sexuality researcher Rev. Dr. Kapya Kaoma discuss how the newly-passed Anti-Homosexuality Law in Uganda was created, inspired, and pushed by American evangelicals.
Read the full article here. You can also see PRA’s full press release here.