A former fundamentalist minister and activist for the religious right, Skipp Porteous is now one of the religious right’s most knowledgeable and outspoken critics. Under his mother’s influence, he became a born-again Christian as a young boy in the 1950s, but he became disillusioned with many of fundamentalism’s precepts toward the end of his ten years as a minister in the 1960s and 1970s. Initially wanting to stay as far away from his old life as possible, Porteous decided to use his firsthand knowledge to counter the religious right’s growing political influence in the 1980s by founding the Institute for First Amendment Studies (IFAS) with his wife, attorney Barbara Simon.
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