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By "religion-based bigotry," we mean both (1) bigotry against people because of their religion and (2) bigotry rooted in or excused by religion, e.g. bigotry against gays.

We aim especially to support the concerns of those who are most vilified by the religious right wing. These include, among others: (1) religious minorities such as Pagans, occultists, and Satanists; (2) atheists; (3) GLBT people; (4) other sexual minorities such as polyamorists and BDSM people; (5) sex workers; and (6) various subcultures that are vilified as "Satanic," e.g. the Goth scene.

We aim also, in general, to expose and oppose the Christian religious right wing here in the U.S.A. Whatever the religious right wing is against, we are for! We oppose the religious right wing's attacks on women's rights, including reproductive rights, and we aim to make New Yorkers more aware of the extremes of the "patriarchy" movement.

Another concern of ours is to oppose the U.S. givernment's current reign of terror against Muslims, while also reminding people of, and opposing, the historical pattern of U.S. government support for the more intolerant Islamist regimes and even terrorism. (See NYARBB position against both Islamism and anti-Muslim bigotry.)

We aim also to counteract the recent growth of classic anti-Jewish myths and related beliefs about "the Illuminati." "Illuminati" claims are very similar to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, except that, instead of Jews, anti-Illuminism tends to scapegoat Pagans, occultists, Satanists, atheists, Freemasons, environmentalists, feminists, gay rights activists, and the values of modern secular society in general. Today's grand conspiracy ideologies also include the smoldering remnants of the "Satanic Ritual Abuse" scare of the 1980's and 1990's, any resurgence of which we will also oppose.

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