Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Retrospective

2013 was an active year for Republic of Gilead! As the year comes to a close, let's look back on news stories and events involving the Religious Right.

First, 2013 saw several major events impacting the American Religious Right:

  • Doug Phillips, a prominent leader in the Christian homeschooling and Christian Patriarchy movements, resigned from Vision Forum Ministries following his admission of an inappropriate romantic relationship. Shortly thereafter, Vision Forum Ministries announced that it was shutting down.
  • Ugandan parliament passed a draconian anti-gay bill in December that awaits President Museveni's signature. Progressive commentators have slammed the American Religious Right for promoting homophobia in Uganda before and after the introduction of the bill.

Throughout 2013, I observed several Religious Right events for Republic of Gilead:

  • In November, I observed the Truth Matters Apologetics Conference (featuring Sean McDowell) at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church in Manheim, PA. I plan to post commentary on the experience in early January 2014.

Fortunately, I also had the opportunity to attend some refreshing conferences devoted to social justice:

  • This spring, I attended the 2013 NFPRHA Conference in Alexandria, VA, where speakers and exhibitors championed reproductive rights.
 As a new year approaches, here's to keeping a wary eye on the Religious Right and applauding those who champion a better vision.


  1. I suppose the upside is that this year did provide bloggers like you and me with stellar material. Thanks for a year of great reporting. Happy New Year, Ahab!

    1. Donna -- We were never at a loss for material. Happy New Year to you too.

  2. Thank you for watching the news for us. Sometimes I don't know how you do it -- especially with the Botkins series. :-( May you be abundantly blessed in 2014!

  3. I'm always amazed at your skill and tenacity. Thanks for all you do!

    1. Michelle -- Thanks! I hope you're enjoying the New Year.


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