In October, the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, the largest network of state and federal leaders “committed to standing for faith and making an impact on the culture”, conducted a strategy phone conference to rebrand Project Blitz, a coalition of Christian right groups executing a campaign to push Christian nationalist policies in schools and government. In addition to the Prayer Caucus, the coalition includes The National Legal Foundation and the Wallbuilders Pro-Family Legislators Conference. You can download their playbook, authored in 2017, here. The project seeks to “protect the free exercise of traditional Judeo-Christian religious values and beliefs in the public square, and to reclaim and properly define the narrative which supports such beliefs.” Policy efforts include using religious freedom to legalize discrimination, allowing public school teachers to implement Biblical perspective into curriculum and advocating for anti-abortion policies, just to name a few. (There were 74 bills modeled on this playbook and considered by state lawmakers in 2018 alone, reported Truthout.) Their campaign is, according to many progressive religious groups, a distortion of faith and an attack on civil rights.
In 2018, a network of groups created the Blitz Watch Coalition to monitor Project Blitz, as well as organize resistance. In January 2019, led by the Coalition, a broad collection of groups—many faith-based, signed on to a statement opposing Project Blitz and bringing it to greater public attention.
This strong opposition and the attendant publicity led to this Fall’s phone conference to give their campaign a political makeover and a lower profile. Although they’ve dropped the “Project Blitz” moniker, their attacks on reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and the exercise of religious freedom by non-Christians remain unchanged. The Blitz Watch Coalition has helped to defeat many of the religious right’s bills, passed a conversion therapy ban and protected defenders of church/state separation. Learn more about Project Blitz here.
For More information:
- Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation official website and the original Project Blitz page
- Report and Analysis on Religious Freedom Measures Impacting Prayer and Faith in America (2017 Version): Legislation, Proclamations, Talking Points, Fact Sheets [PDF]
- “Statement From 43 National Organizations United in Opposition to Project Blitz and Similar Legislative Efforts” Feb 2019
- Short video clip from the CEO of Americans United Against Church and State, explaining Project Blitz
- Littlefield, Amy. Truthout. 16 Jan 2020. https://truthout.org/articles/a-christian-nationalist-group-is-quietly-shaping-bills-for-state-legislatures/