America’s Christian nationalists have a new plan for advancing their legislative goals in state capitols across the country. Its stated aim is to promote “religious freedom.” Not shy, they call it “Project Blitz.”
“Blitz” accurately describes the spirit of the enterprise, but the mission has little to do with what most Americans would call religious freedom. This is just the latest attempt by religious extremists to use the coercive powers of government to secure a privileged position in society for their version of Christianity.
The idea behind Project Blitz is to overwhelm state legislatures with bills based on centrally manufactured legislation. “It’s kind of like whack-a-mole for the other side; it’ll drive ‘em crazy that they’ll have to divide their resources out in opposing this,” David Barton, the Christian nationalist historian and one of four members of Project Blitz’s “steering team,” said in a conference call with state legislators from around the country that was later made public.
According to research provided by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, more than 70 bills before state legislatures appear to be based on Project Blitz templates or have similar objectives. Some of the bills are progressing rapidly. An Oklahoma measure, which has passed the legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature, allows adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate on the basis of their own religious beliefs. Others, such as a Minnesota bill that would allow public schools to post “In God We Trust” signs on their walls, have provoked hostile debates in local and national media, which is in many cases the point of the exercise.
“ ‘Project Blitz’ Seeks to Do for Christian Nationalism What ALEC Does for Big Business,” reads the headline of a recent piece Frederick Clarkson wrote for Religion Dispatches that highlighted the danger. ALEC, of course, is the corporate lobbying group that crafts and promotes model legislation advancing business interests.
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Apparently, since the Wedge Strategy of the last decade wasn't going so well, now the Dominionists (and yeah, I'm virtually 100% certain it's them) want to attempt to overrun efforts by Americans United, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the ACLU and other supporters of state / church separation by sheer numbers of bills. Fact is, it could work, especially in a post-fact environment where Donald Trump pretends to be a Christian and evangelicals pretend along with him, so long as he backs their priorities.
Once again, I think it's time to rev up our word processors and let our representatives know that this is coming, that we are adamantly opposed to any such intrusion of religion of any stripe into our government, and that our displeasure will be registered at the ballet box for those failing to recognize and respect our stance. It would seem that the fight is on, and this is no time to be sitting on the sidelines.
Gee, Loren, I’ll have to move the Bang to a back burner.
Yes, Tom, this is a matter with which we must deal at once. Our representatives in government need to be alerted, as do the general population. With your persuasive style, you will be able to influence those who do not understand the problem and those who do not seem to care.
Separation of church and state, NOW!
Joan, I persuade when I can, but a need for religion seldom yields to persuasion.
It yields in courts of law and I contribute to four organizations that take religious blitzkriegs to court.
It yields in elections. It may yield to therapy but it's expensive.
Move the Bang to a back burner?
Upon further consideration, it's too big a fraud to move.
PROJECT BLITZ REFRAMED
To protect the free exercise of separation of church and state values and beliefs in the public square, and to reclaim and properly define the narrative which supports such beliefs.
-To provide research, information, and analysis to support lawmakers who support separation of church and state; and to see that the public discourse understands and defines the separation of church and state on our terms.
-To encourage numerous key progressive legislators at the local, state and federal level who are submitting legislation and public policy positions, while building a broad coalition of citizens supporting them with public relations, messaging and grassroots activists on multiple fronts.
-To reclaim and properly frame the narrative and the language of separation of church and state issues.
Yeah, I've heard about this on a few of the atheist podcasts I listen too. We've been talking about the Christian Dominionist assault on our government and the First Amendment, for years. The rest of the sane parts of the country finally seem to be waking up to the fact.
A lot of the fundie apologists and preachers have begun talking about the "Freedom of Theology" granted by the First Amendment. Not religion or lack thereof ... the freedom to hold whichever Christian beliefs you want, apparently.
This probably doesn't apply to Catholics, since they aren't real Christians. Dan Barker even talks about his missionary trips to Mexico to proselytize and turn Catholics into Christians, back in the day.
Hey, they can believe any cockamamie thing they want, but their right to wave that belief about ends at my nose!!!