PETER MONTGOMERY, who was born on this date, Pete is a Senior Fellow at People for the American Way. He is a writer and commentator and is an expert on right-wing politics and 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 is also 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.