Peter Montgomery

Peter Montgomery is a senior fellow at People for the American Way where he works on the group's Right Wing Watch project. Montgomery has studied the Religious Right movement and its right-wing political allies for more than two decades. He has written extensively about marriage equality, religious liberty, and other conflicts at the intersection of religion, politics and LGBT issues. He has been cited as an expert in national publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New Yorker, and has appeared on national broadcast outlets including MSNBC and National Public Radio.

Montgomery was an associate editor for online magazine Religion Dispatches, and his writing appears in The American Prospect, The Public Eye, Alternet and other progressive outlets. He authored a chapter on the relationship between the Religious Right and Tea Party movements that appears in “Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party,” published by the University of California Press in 2012.


Content by Peter Montgomery

Far right seeks to control classroom content by taking over school boards

How ​Christian nationalism fueled the insurrection and threatens democracy

Pro-Confederacy, anti-equality, Christian nationalist extremist Michael Peroutka wins GOP primary for Maryland Attorney General

House passes bill to protect marriage equality, angering anti-equality activists

The Family Research Council’s insurrection connections

Christianist leader tries to cancel GOP chair for outreach to LGBT Republicans

Hate group leader Tony Perkins is trying to mobilize far-right Christians against Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel for collaboration with Log Cabin Republicans

Republican elites are deliberately leveraging extremists in their dishonest attacks on public schools

Educators are being smeared, vilified, and harassed over false allegations and paranoia about teaching the history of racism

CEO of company hired by Arizona Republicans touts fake audit’s Christian nationalism

Doug Logan boasts of unofficial recount workers changing religions, warns Americans to ‘turn away from their wicked ways’

Christian supremacist group targets Houston-area school board elections, aims for national effort

Extremist group leader Rick Scarborough hopes to take over Texas school boards to ban ‘critical race theory’ teaching

Right-wing groups training activists to take over school boards as part of ‘critical race theory’ campaign strategy

Wealthy Republican-affiliated groups are raising money to “train” candidates to run for office as the GOP seeks a second Tea Party movement

Hate groups rage against LGBT pride month

Christian supremacist activists denounce equality parades, expressions of support

Far-right cult leader crowns himself king of future post-America, buys Texas compound

Son of Unification Church and Washington Times founder Sun Moon purchased Texas compound to prepare for fall of America

Supreme Court review of Mississippi abortion law is culmination of right-wing group’s years-long plan

Christian supremacist activists at Alliance Defending Freedom boasted of designing abortion restriction laws for multiple states

As Tucker Carlson moves to the extreme right, Republicans are using his name to raise money

Vaccine opponent and QAnon booster Angela Stanton King to be featured CPAC speaker

Angela Stanton King, a promoter of QAnon conspiracy theories and a former Republican congressional candidate, is set to be a featured speaker at the top conservative conference.

Capitol insurrectionists drew inspiration from violent Bible verses

Many of Donald Trump’s religiously zealous supporters aren’t fighting a mere political battle. For them, it is a Biblical one and the stakes are high.

Radio host rages against ‘wicked’ criticism that he incited Capitol attack

Christian radio host and Trump worshipper Eric Metaxas tries to shift blame after he emceed an event promoting lies and violent rhetoric about the 2020 election


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