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2005

Where will you be when the Rapture comes?

We're off to an amazing start, confronting the religious right on several fronts, from a courthouse in Dover, PA to the Supreme Court in Washington, DC.

Over 9,000 Americans have already joined the DefCon community. Thanks to your help, we have sent nearly 6,000 emails to governors and senators, urging them to uphold the First Amendment's guarantee of separation of church and state.

And we've seen a lively and varied discussion on the DefCon blog,

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where many of you have posted your concerns and thoughts. In the upcoming weeks, look for more guest blog appearances from the author of The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney, Chip Berlet and others.

With lots of issues brewing, we'll keep you posted with breaking news and ways that you can speak out for America's true traditional values: freedom, democracy and the rule of law. Feature of the Month: End Times Theology Every month, we'll take an in-depth look at some aspect of the threat to American democracy posed by the religious right. This month we're focused on Dispensationalism,

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an ideology based on the belief that god's faithful will be raptured to heaven in a single instant, leaving the earth and non-believers behind to suffer death and destruction. While the theory sounds outlandish, 55% of Americans believe it will occur.

Do you know what the Rapture is?

Did you know that Tim LaHaye's series based off this ideology is the most popular adult fiction series in literary history?

Are you aware of the impact LaHaye and his followers have had on U.S. policy - from the environment, to the Middle East and beyond?

If not, check out this feature on our web site.

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Intelligent Design
The nation's attention may have moved on from the intelligent design trial in Pennsylvania, but it is still taking place. Thousands of you took action already, telling your governors to make sure that science curricula in your states are based on scientific fact, not religious ideology (for those who missed it, you can still take action here!)

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Stay tuned to our newsroom

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and blog for updates regarding this landmark trial.

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Judicial Nomination of Harriet Miers
Last Wednesday, President Bush came to his Supreme Court nominee's defense, saying: "People are interested to know why I picked Harriet Miers. ...They want to know as much as they possibly can before they form opinions. And part of Harriet Miers' life is her religion."

And, in recent days, reports have made it clear that Karl Rove gave special notice to James Dobson and possibly to other leaders of the religious right in advance of the Miers announcement.

Bush's words, presenting Miers' religion as a primary credential to serve on the bench, come dangerously close to violating a fundamental principle of our Constitution: "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." And, the Rove/Dobson closed-door meeting reminds us how insidious the religious right is and what incredible access to power they have.

If you haven't already, take 60 seconds to demand that President Bush talk about Harriet Miers' legal credentials, not her religious beliefs.

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It's been a fantastic first two weeks. We are excited and encouraged by the success achieved in this short period. Keep the feedback and comments coming. This campaign is crucial to all of us.

More to come,

Your friends at DefCon

© 2005 DefCon: Campaign to Defend the Constitution. info@defconamerica.org


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