The groups behind Project Blitz, a Christian nationalist effort to pass theocratic laws in the states, hope to adopt a lower profile.
The idea behind Project Blitz, which was launched in 2016, was to flood state legislatures with bills that would erode the principle of separation of religion and government. Blitz backers planned to start with measures they believe are less controversial, such as requiring the posting of "In God We Trust" signs in public schools and government buildings, and move up the ladder to more ambitious proposals such as anti-LGBTQ measures and bills promoting discrimination under the guise of "religious freedom" (See "Bracing for the Blitz," November 2018 Church & State.)
Journalist Frederick Clarkson exposed the effort in 2018, and soon groups like Americans United, Political Research Associates (where Clarkson works) and others were welt aware of what was going on and began informing the public. A spate of news stories followed, public support dwindled and fewer Project Blitz bills were proposed this year compared to 2018.
Now Blitzers hope to dial back the media attention. The group, led by former U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and endorsed by a bevy of Religious Right organizations, held a strategy call Oct. 24 to discuss next steps. Clarkson publicized a recording of the call.
One of the things they decided to do was rename Project Blitz. The effort is now known as "Freedom for All."
Clarkson reported that Lea Carawan, executive director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation (CPCF), one the groups backing Project Blitz, tried desperately to spin their negative exposure. She asserted Blitz backers in...