Far-Right Clergy Front Group Reappears


Remember the Texas Restoration Project? That’s the political front group formed in 2005 to organize conservative, fundamentalist Christian clergy in support of Gov. Rick Perry. The group ended up being funded largely through a Houston-based nonprofit that itself was backed by more than $1 million from wealthy Perry campaign supporters.

We haven’t seen much from the Texas Restoration Project over the last couple of years. Then yesterday we saw an e-mail from the group asking Texas pastors to alert colleagues in Nevada about a gathering of the so-called Nevada Renewal Project Oct. 21-22 in Las Vegas:

“Will you please put a little effort in helping us get Nevada pastors to the Rediscovering God in America event? We want to do everything we can to make sure Nevada does not stand alone in the fight to restore its Judeo Christian heritage!”

The Texas Restoration Project organizers — including David Barton of WallBuilders and the Rev. Laurence White of Houston — have used their Texas contact list to promote similar groups across the country since 2005, mostly in election years. Over time, in fact, Restoration and Renewal projects have popped up in many political battleground states, from Nevada to Florida and Iowa to Colorado. The obvious goal has been to mobilize conservative pastors in support of selected Republican candidates (who often speak at the events). Pastors are then encouraged essentially to turn drag their own churches into partisan politics.

Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News writes about the Nevada Renewal Project event here.

4 Responses to “Far-Right Clergy Front Group Reappears”

  1. Coragyps Says:

    “to make sure Nevada does not stand alone in the fight to restore its Judeo Christian heritage!!!!”

    ROFL! Back when the solidly Catholic Mafia controlled the casinos and brothels?

  2. Cytocop CT(ASCP) Says:

    Hey, don’t forget Benjamin Siegelbaum (“Bugsy Siegel”)’s contribution to the development of Las Vegas.

    I guess it is his presence that puts the “Judeo” in “Judeo-Christian” heritage.

  3. Charles Says:

    Yeah. Let’s talk about Nevada heritage. Here are the keywords:

    Woods Cree
    Swampy Cree
    Plains Ojibwa (Bungi)

    Questions anyone? I didn’t think so.

  4. Don Says:

    “Rediscover god in America”? “god” was never discovered in the first place. To discover something, it would need to actually exist.

    god is a rumor.

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