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Exclusive: Christian Right Bill Mill, Project Blitz, Hasn’t Gone Away, It’s Just Gotten More Secretive

…gn, Project Blitz, became even more of a secret. When RD first reported on Project Blitz in April 2018 the website featured their annual state legislative playbook of model bills and talking points. They also named the members of the State Legislative Prayer Caucuses that drew on the model bills for their own legislation. But in the face of public scrutiny, RD’s revelation of a second playbook and the unwanted media attention that followed our rep…

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“Project Blitz” Seeks to Do for Christian Nationalism What ALEC Does for Big Business

…meaningful portion of the Christian Right for some time. In the context of Project Blitz’s 116-page playbook, however, they also reveal a sophisticated level of coordination and strategizing that echoes the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which infamously networks probusiness state legislators, drafts sample legislation, and shares legislative ideas and strategies. Launched initially in 2015, Project Blitz brings something new and dr…

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“Project Blitz” Seeks to Do for Christian Nationalism What ALEC Does for Big Business

…meaningful portion of the Christian Right for some time. In the context of Project Blitz’s 116-page playbook, however, they also reveal a sophisticated level of coordination and strategizing that echoes the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which infamously networks probusiness state legislators, drafts sample legislation, and shares legislative ideas and strategies. Launched initially in 2015, Project Blitz brings something new and dr…

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Ringing in a Christian Nationalist 2019 With an Even Larger Legislative Playbook

…ice, Church & State magazine, and Salon. The Christian Right groups behind Project Blitz—The Chesapeake, Virginia-based Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation; the National Legal Foundation; and the Wallbuilders Pro-Family Legislators Conference—have published a new state legislative playbook for 2019. This year’s playbook has grown from 116 to 148 pages, thanks to some new bills, a discussion of three areas of “Prime Focus,” a new section on resp…

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The Right Wing Slant on Religious Freedom is a Slippery Slope

…model bill, called the Child Protection Act, which has been distributed by Project Blitz, a Christian Right state legislative campaign first reported on here at RD. (Project Blitz has lowered its profile, but remains active and is monitored by Blitz Watch.) The sponsor of the bill denied to The Tennessean that it was based on the Project Blitz model, claiming instead that it was based on Virginia legislation from 2012. In fact, parts of the Virgin…

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A Recent Local Controversy Reveals the Theocratic Heart of ‘Project Blitz’

…ching the Bible in public schools. The Christian nationalist intentions of Project Blitz have also received much attention, but a remarkable episode in Minnesota this past state legislative session may be a harbinger of a more profoundly theocratic politics on the horizon. Earlier this year, Minnesota state Sen. John Marty was perplexed during a committee hearing. State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, the Republican chair of the Senate State Government Finan…

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Bill Mill-ennialism: Arkansas’ End Times Politics May Be Coming to a State Near You

…ise Biblical principles.” But the project appears to have fizzled out when Project Blitz took off, and Dutton didn’t survive the 2016 election. Although it failed, it set the stage for the later emergence of NACL. But 2019 was a difficult year for Project Blitz for reasons that had nothing to do with Rapert. Their secretive annual state legislative program, twice exposed by RD (here and here) had been then widely reported in national media, and vi…

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The Leadership Failure of Park51

…g to build bridges. It was only this week that an FAQ was released for the project, but not on the project website. The lack of clarity of mission reflects that lack of a consistent voice of leadership. When the controversy started in May, Feisal Abdul-Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative and his wife Daisy Khan of the American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) were treated as the official spokespeople of the project. Now, Sharif al-Gamal of SoHo Pr…

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The Battle for the Meaning of Religious Freedom Day

…erplate platitudes and cherrypicked historical artifacts as recommended by Project Blitz. But what’s omitted illuminates the intentions of the theocratic Dominionists (notably, David Barton, as we reported in our original story) who have led Project Blitz from the beginning. Their vision of religion is incompatible with most people’s idea of freedom. Left out of the model Religious Freedom Day (RFD) resolution is the recognition that, with regard…

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Faith-Baiting in Minnesota and Elsewhere Follows the “Project Blitz” Playbook

…n is part of an effort on the part of the Christian Right activists behind Project Blitz, to promote a Christian nationalist interpretation of American history—a narrative, which seeks to link Christianity and national identity from the British colonies at Jamestown and Plymouth to the present. The bill reads in part: Every county, municipality, city, town, school or any other political subdivision is authorized to display, in its public buildings…

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