PRA in the News

Check out our most recent mentions in the media:

Check out our most recent mentions in the media:

ssdJan 15, 2014 – The Stealth War On Abortion

April 1, 2014 – “Watch: Scott Lively Preached Hate in Uganda Just Before Anti-Gay Law Proposed”

pink news logoThe 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”

huffington post logoThe 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”

Channel 4PRA’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”

Reuters logoPRA 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”

LA Times logoPRA’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 logoMother 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”

al jazeera logoPRA’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”

cnn logoJay 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”

NPR logoJay 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 logoThe 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 logoRachel 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”

real news network logoPolitical 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.

Watch video of the interview here.



Feb 24, 2014 – “Virginia counter-terror training by anti-Muslim activist sparks outcry”

the guardian logoThe 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 logoMother 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”

NPR logoPRA’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”

AlterNet logoPRA 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”

national journal logoIn 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’”

salon logoPRA 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”

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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”

NPR logoJay 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”

cnn logoIn her column on, 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”

the guardian logoPRA 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.