Religious Right Coalition Blitzes States With Far-Right Agenda.

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An April report by the news site Religion Dispatches that featured research by Americans United outlined how Religious Right groups are drafting model legislation to inundate states with proposals to promote Christianity in public schools and to permit religion to be used as an excuse to discriminate.

Dubbed "Project Blitz," the initiative was launched in 2015 by a coalition of Religious Right groups and relies on the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation as its primary bill mill--producing sample legislation that lawmakers can introduce in their states.

AU Legislative Associate Samantha Sokol told researcher Frederick Clarkson that she had identified 71 bills introduced this year or carried over from 2017 that are similar to Project Blitz's model bills. They include legislation to have "In God We Trust" displayed and Bible literacy courses taught in public schools; First Amendment Defense Acts and Religious Freedom Restoration Acts that could allow broad discrimination in the name of religion; and bills to allow adoption and foster-care agencies to use religion to justify denying children homes and discriminating against prospective parents.

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