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Olympics Row Reveals White Supremacist Pagan Foothold

Fri, 2018-02-02 14:15
This week The New York Times reported that the uniforms of this year’s Norwegian Olympic Alpine ski team have caused a stir among those concerned about neonazi co-optation of Viking symbols. The Viking-themed uniforms include the runic Tyr symbol, used Read More

White Nationalist Groups Turn Up at 2018 Women’s Marches

Fri, 2018-02-02 10:15
Co-authored by Julia Taliesin In the year of the #MeToo movement, Women’s Marches took place in every state on January 20 and 21, drawing crowds of a little over a thousand to half a million. But, from Knoxville, Tennesee to Read More

White Supremacy’s Old Gods: The Far Right and Neopaganism

Thu, 2018-02-01 08:00
Shannon Weber, “White Supremacy’s Old Gods,” photo collage, January 2018. In 2014, a White supremacist leader, Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr. (also known as F. Glenn Miller), killed three people outside Jewish organizations in Overland Park, Kansas. Although all three were Read More

Race, Class, and the Contradiction of Contemporary Abortion Politics

Fri, 2018-01-26 10:41
Photo: Debra Sweet via Flickr, January 27, 2012 As we mark the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, two facts about the current abortion patient population in the U.S. are especially striking. First, that patients are disproportionately poor, with half Read More

One Year In: A Q&A with Tarso Luis Ramos

Fri, 2018-01-19 11:59
Women’s March on Washington,January 21st, 2017. Photo: Molly Adams via Flickr. On the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, PRA Executive Director Tarso Luís Ramos talks about some of what’s changed in the past year, and what progressives should be alert Read More

Tony Perkins Pops Off

Fri, 2018-01-19 09:33
  Tony Perkins speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. on October 7, 2011. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr. Paul Rosenberg recently published an essay at Salon that challenged the myth that the United States was founded as Read More

A Manual to Restore a Christian Nation that Never Was

Fri, 2018-01-19 09:31
In October 2017, I was perusing the exhibit area of the Values Voter Summit, the annual political conference of the Family Research Council (FRC), when I was buttonholed by John Méndez, national coordinator for the Christian Right giant’s network of Read More

Steve Bannon’s “Washed Out” Antisemitism

Fri, 2018-01-12 16:26
Steve Bannon speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr. Stephen K. Bannon was the Executive Chairman of the Far Right media website Breitbart from March 2012 to August 2016, and from Read More

The Big Picture: Far Right Mobilization in 2017

Wed, 2018-01-10 15:52
Memorial for Heather Heyer in downtown Charlottesville. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Mical via Flickr. In the United States, 2017 was a banner year for fascist and related far right activism. There were arguably the highest levels of public demonstrations by Read More

“And yet” … Trans Existence in the Face of Religious Right Erasure

Fri, 2017-12-22 16:34
Photo by Tim Plenk, 2017 Twenty-five years ago, the Roman Catholic Church offered a rare acknowledgment of error. It admitted that it was wrong to have condemned one of the great fathers of modern science, Galileo Galilei. In 1632, Galileo Read More

Dominionism Beyond the Roy Moore Moment

Wed, 2017-12-20 15:25
August 2003 rally in front of the Alabama state judicial building in support of Roy Moore. Photo: Wikimedia. Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore –– arguably the most openly theocratic candidate to run for a major office in the U.S. Read More

When Silence Equals Death

Wed, 2017-12-20 14:44
On Friday, December 15, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration has prohibited the Center for Disease Control (CDC) from using the terms “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based.” CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald rebutted the claim in Read More

Religious Freedom and the Christian Right’s Masterpiece of Manipulation

Tue, 2017-12-05 17:49
Photo: United States Supreme Court. Joe Ravi/Wikimedia Commons. Throughout history, people have used religion to justify a myriad of injustices. In the United States, for example, some Christians used their faith to defend slavery and segregation, citing scriptural references as Read More

Three Pillars of the Alt Right: White Nationalism, Antisemitism, and Misogyny

Mon, 2017-12-04 17:42
Photo credit: Karla Cote, August 11, 2017, Charlottesville, VA https://flic.kr/p/XuUyHe The new wave of avowed White nationalists who have been energized by Donald Trump—most prominently the Alt Right—have held demonstrations across the United States, most famously in Charlottesville, Virginia in Read More

In the Court of the Centrist King: Emmanuel Macron and Authoritarian Liberalism

Tue, 2017-11-28 10:32
President Donald J. Trump visits President Emmanuel Macron in France, July 13, 2017 (Photo: The White House / Shealah Craighead) “New Labour.” – Margaret Thatcher, when asked about her life’s greatest achievements. “America is the original version of modernity. We Read More

Right Positions D&E Bill as the Next Big Challenge to Roe

Mon, 2017-11-06 12:08
Both anti-abortion and pro-choice advocates rally in front of the Supreme Court during the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case in June 2016. A lawsuit challenging Texas’s new ban on Dilation and Evacuation is likely to follow the same legal Read More

Right Positions D&E Bill as the Next Big Challenge to Roe

Mon, 2017-11-06 12:08
Both anti-abortion and pro-choice advocates rally in front of the Supreme Court during the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case in June 2016. A lawsuit challenging Texas’s new ban on Dilation and Evacuation is likely to follow the same legal Read More