Peter Montgomery


Peter Montgomery is a senior fellow at People For the American Way Foundation, where he leads the organization's research and writing on the Religious Right. Follow him on Twitter: @petemont


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The First Amendment’s protections do not mean that people have the right to be free of the consequences of what they say, or that companies have an obligation to provide them a platform. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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Conservative evangelicals have seen more victories in a Trump administration than they probably would have under any other Republican. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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A case now being argued before the Supreme Court challenges the constitutionality of supposedly “expert” testimony claiming that race can determine a criminal’s danger to society. Read more

Law and Justice


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The one-year anniversary of marriage equality in the U.S. comes at a watershed moment for LGBT organizers, who are launching new initiatives and forging fresh alliances amid a conservative backlash. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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A new history deepens our understanding of the origins of the gay rights movement and the transformation it has brought about. Read more



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Indiana's 'religious freedom' law is just one of dozens of state-level bills that could allow LGBT discrimination.  Read more

Law and Justice

LGBT activists and funders are debating the movement’s post-marriage priorities. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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In which Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton mingles with constituents and the verse is a bit searing. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Calling African Americans "culturally backward" and arguing against the public accommodations section of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Dinesh D'Souza soars to the top of the chart. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Religious Right leaders have been working hard to convince conservative evangelicals that the Tea Party’s anti-government, anti-union, anti-welfare agenda is grounded in the Bible, setting the stage for more "religious liberty" legal arguments by corporation owners. Read more

Law and Justice


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He's the most pro-corporate jurist on the Supreme Court. So decisions that grant companies religious rights or take aim at labor unions come quite naturally to him. Read more

Law and Justice

The Wilks brothers, whose fortune comes from fracking, give tens of millions to right-wing groups and anti-choice "pregnancy centers," anti-LGBT groups, and organizations affiliated with ALEC. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Progressive activists, including those with legitimate concerns about civil liberties and the use of drones, should think twice about leaving the appeals court seat vacant in order to oppose David Barron. Read more

Money, Politics and Power