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  • Ted Cruz To Brody File: Evangelicals Will Decide Who Becomes President Of The United States

    04/30/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CBN's The Brody File ^ | April 30, 2015 | David Brody, chief political correspondent
    Ted Cruz tells The Brody File that evangelicals are the key to who is elected President of the United States in 2016. “I think evangelicals, Christians, people of faith are going to play the decisive role in the republican primary. And I think we’re going to play the decisive role in the general election in 2016.” Cruz resonates with evangelicals but so do quite a few other candidates so it’s going to be an all-out “holy war” during GOP Primary season. This interview was done at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition near Des Moines this past weekend.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)David Brody, “...
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa (Has people from ALL previous recent GOP campaigns!)

    04/29/2015 11:22:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Ed Tibbetts
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is putting a lot of emphasis on Iowa in his presidential campaign, is continuing to notch endorsements from some well-known activists in the state. Former Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday he is endorsing Cruz for president. "I’m looking for somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for our country, and he gives me hope we can turn things around," said Schultz, who is now the Madison County Attorney. "He's not going to back down from a fight." In a letter to two dozen members of the Cruz...
  • What Evangelicals Are Saying About Hillary: At Iowa mega-church, voters skeptical of Dem frontrunner

    04/27/2015 12:38:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 27, 2015 | Melinda Henneberger
    Link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-27/hillary-clinton-crashes-the-iowa-s-faith-freedom-coalition-summit-without-actually-showing-up
  • Bobby Jindal Wows Iowa Evangelicals

    04/26/2015 7:00:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | by BRENDAN BORDELON
    Bobby Jindal is barely breaking 2 percent in Iowa polls — but you’d never know it from the way he wowed the crowd at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition summit on Saturday. The Republican governor from Louisiana is one of nine presidential hopefuls speaking at the Des Moines-area confab, which gathers evangelical Christians together to judge the GOP candidates’ social conservative bona fides. Freshman senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, the first candidates to speak, were both well received by the Iowan audience. Former Texas governor Rick Perry was next, though he didn’t exactly capture the same enthusiasm. But...
  • Santorum Falls Flat with Iowa Evangelicals, Despite 2012 Caucus WIn

    04/26/2015 6:56:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/26/2015 | by BRENDAN BORDELON
    Rick Santorum was the returning champion at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition forum on Saturday. But inside Waukee, Iowa’s Point of Grace Church, it certainly didn’t feel like it. After his upset victory in the 2012 Iowa caucus – driven largely by the state’s powerful evangelical voting bloc – many expected the former Pennsylvania senator to be welcomed back with open arms. But compared to the other eight Republican candidates present at the Des Moines-area conference, Santorum’s speech fell strangely flat. The audience didn’t clap much, and when they did it was usually polite and perfunctory. Lines that felt...
  • Evangelical leader: Vote for Hillary Clinton, she’ll cut abortion rate in half

    04/23/2015 7:27:08 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 66 replies
    LifeSite ^ | Tue Apr 21, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    A national evangelical Christian leader has written that his fellow believers should vote for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, because she will radically reduce the abortion rate. Hillary, in whose campaign abortion industry lobbyists play a conspicuous role, favors abortion-on-demand throughout pregnancy. Yet Tony Campolo believes a second Clinton presidency will halve the number of abortions nationwide. “Hillary Clinton is one of the few candidates on the political stage who has a plan for cutting the abortion rate in America by at least 50 percent,” Campolo, a sociology professor emeritus at Eastern University, wrote in a debate on Religion News...
  • Dallas paper: Ted Cruz broadening appeal beyond those evangelical fringe groups

    04/20/2015 12:22:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Get Religion ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jim Davis
    Well, at least the Dallas Morning News was kinda nice to Liberty University. In the lede to its story on Ted Cruz in New Hampshire, the newspaper called it a "huge evangelical Christian college." Once upon a time, many mainstream media routinely slapped Liberty with the "F" word: "Fundamentalist." But the paper doesn't prove its claim that Cruz sounded less evangelical, more secular in his New Hampshire visit to sound more presidential. It therefore pushes a related stereotype: that Americans don’t particularly like evangelicals. DMN paints Cruz as a conservative's conservative as well as an evangelical's evangelical. It says the...
  • LAODICEAN APOSTATE TONY CAMPOLO SAYS HE’S STARTING ‘EVANGELICALS FOR HILLARY’

    04/18/2015 8:04:18 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    This is what he (Tony Campolo) has to say about Hillary Clinton and why Christians should vote for her: “Some of my Evangelical friends raise questions about her views on abortion. But Hillary Clinton is one of the few candidates on the political stage who has a plan for cutting the abortion rate in America by at least 50 percent. I know Hillary Clinton to be a committed Christian. As a teenager, Hillary’s religious beliefs were heavily impacted by hearing a sermon by Martin Luther King, Jr. The youth pastor of her Methodist church mentored her through her teenage years...
  • Matthews Jabs Jeb for 'Stooping' to 'That Evangelical Crowd'

    04/15/2015 5:17:49 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 36 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    This was ugly. On his MSNBC show this evening, Chris Matthews criticized Jeb Bush, who will be speaking at Liberty University, for "stooping" to "that evangelical crowd" Let's play some political madlibs and imagine that instead of "stooping to that evangelical crowd," Matthews had criticized a candidate who spoke at an Islamic center for "stooping to that Muslim crowd." Cue the cries of religious bigotry! View the video here.
  • Take that, Ted Cruz: Jeb Bush heads to Liberty University to pander to the Christian right

    04/15/2015 10:58:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Salon ^ | April 15, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    The "moderate" Bush will contest the evangelical vote because next to big donors, they’re his most loyal base. Jeb Bush famously told us that to win the White House, a Republican presidential candidate had to be willing to “lose the primary to win the general, without violating your principles.” It was widely interpreted as evidence that if Bush ran, he’d do it as a more centrist, reasonable candidate who’d be, in his own words, “much more uplifting, much more positive,” and willing to stand up to fire-and-brimstone party hardliners. Now comes the news that Bush will give the commencement address...
  • How Many Highly Religious Conservative Republicans Are There?

    04/10/2015 11:54:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Christian Post's Opinion Section ^ | April 10, 2015 | Frank Newport, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz chose a conservative, evangelical Christian university as the setting for his announcement that he was running for president. This underscored his apparent strategic decision to focus relentlessly on the conservative, highly religious segment of his party, both in terms of attempting to become their candidate of preference, and also in terms of maximizing their turnout in the 2016 primary elections. The Republican Party in general has a disproportionate percentage of conservative and highly religious Americans in its ranks, so Cruz's strategy would appear to make numerical sense -- as it would for other conservative politicians, like...
  • This Poll About Gays and Evangelicals Might Just Change How You Think About This Whole Debate

    04/08/2015 8:36:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/08/2015 | Paula Bolyard
    According to a recent poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for the Human Rights Campaign, gay and lesbian people are now more popular than evangelical Christians.The survey of 1000 likely 2016 voters nationwide asked respondents about their feelings toward gay and lesbian people and evangelical Christians. Fifty-three percent said they had favorable feelings toward gays and lesbians (up 13 points from 2011) while only 42% felt the same way about evangelical Christians. When it came to unfavorable feelings, only 18% claimed to have them toward gays and lesbians while 28% feel that way about evangelical Christians.We’ve been told that the...
  • Ted Cruz, Factional Candidate (Another hour, another attack piece)

    04/06/2015 6:04:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 6, 2015 | Daniel Larison
    Politico reports on Ted Cruz’s plan to become a factional candidate: The Texas Republican senator’s strategic play for Christian conservatives comes into even sharper focus this weekend as he rolls out the first television ad of the 2016 race. Titled “Blessing,” the commercial is aimed directly at evangelical and social conservative voters in early voting states, timed for Easter weekend and slated to air during popular Christian-themed programming. It’s an exercise in narrowcasting that telegraphs exactly how Cruz intends to win the GOP nomination against better-funded and better-known rivals. Cruz is well-suited to being this kind of candidate, but typically...
  • Cruz vs. Rand Paul in Presidential Vids: Do you want "Blessing" or "different kind of Republican?"

    04/06/2015 5:18:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 6, 2015 | Nick Gillespie, editor in chief
    Here's "Blessing," Sen. Ted Cruz's first campaign video as an official candidate for the GOP presidential nomination:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)And here's Sen. Rand Paul's first entry into the same category. Paul will announce his run for the White House tomorrow:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)The differences go far beyond the formats imposed by a 30-second TV spot and a longer online video—and they're indicative, I assume, of different emphases by the candidate. Where Cruz, who announced his bid at Liberty University, the world's largest religious college, is clearly driving hard toward evangelicals, Paul is stressing a larger, more-inclusive vision of the GOP. He talks about being "a different...
  • Vote Ted Cruz, Because Jesus

    04/03/2015 1:55:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 3, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    Here it is, the first television ad of the 2016 presidential campaign, courtesy of the first official presidential candidate, Ted Cruz. No beating around the bush here—we get a mention of Jesus in the very first sentence:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "Were it not for the transformative love of Jesus Christ, I would have been raised by a single mom without my father in the house. God's blessing has been on America from the very beginning of this nation. Over and over again when we faced impossible odds, the American people rose to the challenge. This is our fight, and that is why I'm...
  • Evangelicals Rise to Prominence Puts GOP Back to the 1980s

    04/02/2015 9:14:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2 | Matt Towery
    Corporate leaders and chambers of commerce are at war with those evangelical Christians who have decided to reassert themselves in the Republican political process. This war is eerily reminiscent of an earlier time when there was friction between the business wing of the GOP and Christian activists. Make no mistake -- the rise of variations of "religious freedom" bills in GOP-dominated legislatures around the nation is no coincidence. They are supported and backed by skilled political pros and religious leaders who are tired of being left out of the American political process. They are especially weary of being treated as...
  • NY Times Shocking Revelation: Evangelical Rubes Risk Their Lives to Help Poor, Black Foreigners

    04/01/2015 7:15:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/01/2015 | Scott Ott
    In news that must have shocked the vast majority of New York Times subscribers, columnist Nicholas Kristof this week divulged that he has seen evangelical Christians doing selfless, crucial service in the world’s most dangerous places among the most desperately poor, even though liberals know evangelicals are religious bumpkins. Today, among urban Americans and Europeans, “evangelical Christian” is sometimes a synonym for “rube.” In liberal circles, evangelicals constitute one of the few groups that it’s safe to mock openly.Yet the liberal caricature of evangelicals is incomplete and unfair. I have little in common, politically or theologically, with evangelicals or,...
  • The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

    03/30/2015 8:19:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Japan Today / Thomson Reuters ^ | March 30, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    As Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex) announced last week that he was running for president, his Virginia audience cheered. He dropped applause line after applause line on some 10,000 students at Liberty University, which bills itself as the largest Christian university in the world. Cruz riffed, unimaginatively, on an “imagine” theme, asking the young audience to “imagine a president” who would repeal Obamacare and perform other feats. There was applause throughout. But one line prompted the students to erupt into a roaring, 30-second, standing ovation: “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with...
  • What Ted Cruz has to do to win the White House

    03/30/2015 12:31:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    El Paso, Inc. ^ | March 30, 2015 | Jonathan Martin, The New York Times
    When Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas declared his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election last Monday, he became the first to do so officially. Here is a look at what he will need to do if he hopes to win. The coalition To win the Republican nomination, Cruz will have to bring together the party’s anti-establishment wing, which is made of separate but overlapping voter blocs, including Christian conservatives, libertarians and Tea Party voters angry with the leadership of both parties. His ultimate goal is to get into a one-on-one campaign against whoever emerges as the favorite of establishment Republicans....
  • Ted Cruz doesn't have to win to 'win'

    03/29/2015 3:15:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal ^ | March 29, 2015 | Gil Smart
    The left lost its collective grip last Monday, when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced he was running for president. Really, it was the mirror image of the visceral way Republicans react to Hillary Clinton. It’s no overstatement to say that Cruz is absolutely hated by the left, loathed as the embodiment of right-wing insanity. Which, of course, makes conservatives love him even more. Following Cruz’s announcement, lefties comforted themselves by reassuring everyone within earshot that Cruz has no chance of winning. “It will never happen,” was the title of a post on the Talking Points Memo blog by...
  • Todd: If Cruz Can Win Evangelical Vote, He Has a Shot

    03/28/2015 4:47:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd discussed how Ted Cruz could have a shot at the nomination by riding the evangelical vote to victory in a YouTube video released Friday. Todd pointed out that in the past candidates can get “relevancy” from the evangelical vote, but no one has been able to use it to win the nomination. But that Cruz, if he can clinch the evangelical vote, might be able to change that because “this primary calendar, believe it or not, is actually in the advantage of evangelical candidates.” Todd stated that two of the first four primary...
  • God and Jeb: Inside his spiritual journey and his stealth campaign to woo Christian conservatives.

    03/27/2015 8:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 27, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Tiffany Stanley
    On a sunny Saturday morning in early March, Bob Vander Plaats walked into the West Des Moines Marriott with a chip on his shoulder. Iowa's evangelical shot-caller had come to meet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was in town for the Iowa Ag Summit, a cattle call that drew the majority of Republican presidential hopefuls. Over the course of the weekend, Vander Plaats had sit-downs scheduled with just about all of them. But not Jeb Bush. A twice-failed gubernatorial candidate who helped boost Mike Huckabee to victory in the 2008 caucuses, Vander Plaats has grown accustomed to presidential aspirants...
  • Ruben Diaz Sr. Wants Ted Cruz to Visit the South Bronx

    03/26/2015 9:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Observer / News ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Forget New Hampshire, or Iowa, or Lynchburg, Virgina, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign. State Senator Ruben Diaz wants Mr. Cruz to come stump in the South Bronx. “Imagine Ted Cruz traveling to the Bronx where there is a grassroots army of Black and Hispanic Evangelical Christians who are just like him—and who have been ignored by every Presidential candidate,” Mr. Diaz wrote today in one of his periodic e-mail blasts to constituents. “Imagine Ted Cruz coming to the South Bronx where there are many of Hispanic Evangelical Churches that are willing to stand together for...
  • Ted Cruz Wants to Lead an Evangelical Ghost Army in 2016

    03/24/2015 10:41:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | March 24, 2015 | Grace Wyler, politics editor
    Someone had to be the first to jump into the 2016 presidential race, and it seems only fitting that that someone was US Senator Ted Cruz, leapfrogging over his likely opponents to launch his campaign early with a Jesus-soaked speech at the world's largest fundamentalist college. Cruz is a long shot for the GOP nomination, partly because he lacks experience, and mostly because no one likes him. But tucked into his speech Monday, in between stories about sin and redemption and abolishing the IRS, Cruz offered one reason he actually thinks he can win. "Today, roughly half of born again...
  • Ted Cruz’s pitch to evangelicals has a hole in it (Amnesty?)

    03/24/2015 12:11:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | March 24, 2015 | Greg Sargent
    Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential run is premised on the idea that, by speaking to the “values” of evangelical voters, he can mobilize them in numbers not seen in a very long time. “Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values,” Cruz said yesterday, adding that these voters had been “staying home.” Cruz’s decision to announce his run at Liberty University is itself a sign that he hopes to assume the mantle of leading evangelical champion. And as Jon Ward puts it, Cruz’s announcement was “an attempt to lay down...
  • Why Do So Many Evangelicals So Strongly Support Israel?

    03/23/2015 8:23:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2015 | Dr. Richard D, Land
    Why do so many Evangelicals so strongly support Israel? The answer is that a significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is still in force. The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3) says, among other things, that God promised the land of Canaan to the Jews forever. A significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that God is a keeper of His promises and that the "Promised Land" belongs to the Jews in belief and unbelief, in obedience and in disobedience, forever. (It is an unconditional promise, with no time limits or conditions.) The Abrahamic Covenant also promises that "I...
  • Marie Harf Wrote Thesis on How Conservative Support for Israel Complicates US Foreign Policy

    03/20/2015 10:24:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 19, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf wrote her college honors thesis on “how conservative evangelical support for Israel complicates U.S. foreign policy,” according to Indiana University records. Harf’s thesis further illustrates the collegiate thinking in an Obama administration that has alienated a key American ally in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Harf, 33, previously worked on Obama’s 2012 campaign. Harf’s Indiana University honors political science professor said that Harf did not plan to pursue political science like her professor father Jim, but that she ended up becoming “pretty good” at it. “I always had a soft spot for Jim, since he...
  • Chart: The United States of Catholics and Protestants

    03/09/2015 12:25:02 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 4 | Ana Swanson
    As the chart ... shows, Catholicism is the most common religious tradition in 17 states, while white evangelical Protestants are first in 15 states, mostly in the South. The religiously unaffiliated are the most common religious group in 13 states, mostly in the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast. Three states are outliers: Utah, which is 56 percent Mormon, the largest percentage of one single religious tradition, and Iowa and North Dakota, where white mainline Protestants are the dominant religious tradition.
  • Evangelicals Looking for Walker to “Do Nothing” in 2016 Election

    03/09/2015 6:09:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    USC Annenberg's Religion Dispatches ^ | March 9, 2015 | Sarah Posner
    When speaking to religious audiences, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker likes to remind people that he goes to church and knows his Bible. These reminders frequently come as Walker seeks to distinguish himself from political opponents in Wisconsin—the ones, he claims, who’ve sent his family death threats and harassed his kids on Facebook; the “literally thousands of protesters outside our family home” in Wauwatosa. Some of these protesters have, according to Walker, driven past the house and given him the finger as he and his family raked leaves on a Sunday afternoon after church and before the Packers game. Speaking in...
  • How Sex Trafficking Became a Christian Cause Célčbre

    03/06/2015 12:53:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Slate ^ | March 5, 2015 | Ruth Graham
    [SNIP]".......When evangelicals picked up the issue of trafficking around the turn of the millennium, they drastically expanded the existing movement’s influence and reach. By now it has spawned major institutional efforts by nonprofits like World Relief, not to mention both state and federal legislation. According to some critics, however, Christians also changed the movement’s character. “It wasn’t until this evangelical coalition emerged that sex trafficking became this huge everyday issue,” said [Gretchen] Soderlund [author of the 2013 book Sex Trafficking, Scandal, and the Transformation of Journalism, 1885–1917, the better comparison may be to the“ white slavery” panic of the late...
  • We are Israel

    03/02/2015 2:41:44 PM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 2, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    At a super-secret conservative confab last week a long-time friend and ally said that after 30 years of giving lectures and speeches to conservative groups there was only one event where he could show his true colors, and it wasn’t the one we were attending.
  • The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage by Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    02/27/2015 4:11:53 PM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    In the Gospel of St. Mark, the Lord Jesus teaches that “from the beginning of creation ‘God made them male and female.’” He then declares a great and beautiful truth inscribed in creation: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh” (Mark 10:6–8). For centuries, Christians have proclaimed these words at weddings, for they express the gift of marriage long recognized by all humanity and acknowledged by men and women of faith: Marriage is...
  • Millennial Evangelicals push for full inclusion of LGBT Christians

    02/24/2015 6:32:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 20, 2015 | Harry Bruinius
    When Pastor Adam Phillips moved across the country with his wife two years ago and planted a new congregation in Portland, Ore., he was heeding the call of his Christian roots, an Evangelical Covenant tradition that today has a primary mission “to reach young people, engage a growing multiethnic population, and develop vibrant local churches that make disciples.” “Pastor Adam,” as his congregation at Christ Church: Portland calls him, was well suited for such a mission. Young, familiar as much with Tumblr as with theological tomes, and a former director of faith mobilization for the ONE Campaign, the antipoverty group...
  • Evangelical Angst About Ash Wednesday

    02/18/2015 3:24:56 PM PST · by NYer · 380 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 17, 2015 | DAVID MILLS
    You wouldn’t think that anyone would fight about Ash Wednesday and Lent. For Catholics it’s part of what we do. For others it’s something they can use or not as they find it helpful, and increasing numbers do. Down-the-line Evangelical churches have started to hold special services for Ash Wednesday complete with ashes and to treat the Sundays after it as Sundays in Lent. Rather severely anti-sacramental Evangelicals now speak of giving things up and fasting on Fridays. I find this cheering, but my friend Carl Trueman doesn’t. Carl teaches Church history at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, the...
  • Jared to the Left: Muslim Intolerance and the rise of the Christian Right

    02/13/2015 4:29:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The CU Independent ^ | February 13, 2015 | Jared Conner
    The recent attack on a French satirical magazine renewed Americans’ pass to keep talking seriously about Islam as a threat. In America’s arena of religious intolerance, Muslims are the easiest targets imaginable. So easy, in fact, that another religious movement can chime in on the bigotry of such attacks while keeping a straight face. In light of the political gains being made by the Christian Right, it’s clear that the religious fanatics who should be stopped can less often be found in a mosque than in Congress. The movement does not deserve our tolerance. It’s fascinated by violence, ferociously intolerant...
  • Alabama, Where Same-Sex Marriage Remains Deeply Unpopular

    02/09/2015 4:36:47 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 9, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Public opinion surveys show that a majority of adults — and a growing one — now supports same-sex marriage. But the rapid change in public opinion may obscure another fact: Large areas of the country remain overwhelmingly opposed to same-sex marriage, with little sign of change. Alabama is one of those places, and the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court this weekend encouraged probate judges there to defy a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The emerging national majority in favor of same-sex marriage is built on high levels of support in well-educated metropolitan areas,...
  • The Persecution of Gordon College: Under Attack Even When Agreeing With Elizabeth Warren

    02/02/2015 8:04:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/02/2015 | David French
    In the new climate of liberal intolerance, conservative Christians can’t even find refuge by agreeing with Elizabeth Warren. Just ask Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College. On July 1, 2014, he signed a letter to President Obama — writing as an individual rather than in his institutional capacity — exercising his most basic First Amendment right to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” The letter, signed by a number of Christian leaders and scholars — including the CEO of Catholic Charities and Rick Warren, famous pastor of Saddleback Church — dealt with the president’s then-imminent executive order banning...
  • Evangelicals & the Eucharist (Part 1)

    01/28/2015 1:23:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 427 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | May 23, 2013 | Nathan Busenitz, professor of theology at Cripplegate's The Master’s Seminary
    Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early church’s celebration of the Lord’s Table and its implications for the evangelical church today. Two of these inquiries have come from Roman Catholics, each of whom has suggested that the Roman Catholic practice of transubstantiation best represents the way the Lord’s Table was observed in the first few centuries of church history. Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early church’s celebration of the Lord’s Table and its implications for the evangelical church today. Two of...
  • Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016

    01/25/2015 10:51:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 25, 2015 12:05 PM EST | Bill Barrow
    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party’s elite donors in private phone calls and meetings, a group of likely candidates to their right are just as eagerly chasing support among Christian evangelicals and social conservatives. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal led a prayer rally that filled the basketball arena at Louisiana State University on Saturday. Called “The Response,” organizers billed the event as a national call to pray “for a nation that has not honored God in our success or humbly...
  • Does Iowa Still Heart Huckabee? Former governor is hinting at another run. But 2016 is not 2008.

    01/24/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | January 24, 2015 | Dave Price
    efore Mike Huckabee ran in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Lori Jungling, a mother of four in Altoona, about 15 minutes outside Des Moines, had never been involved in a presidential campaign. Actually, Jungling had never even bothered to vote. But in 2007, the message from the Baptist minister-turned-Republican Arkansas governor made its way to Jungling’s personal faith-first foundation, and soon enough she was volunteering—a lot. Calls, emails, tweets, events. She even served as state director for Huck PAC, Huckabee’s 2008 grassroots political action committee. She didn’t take one dime. “He believes what I believe,” she told me. That’s the kind...
  • Michael Steele: If Charlie Hebdo Were Published in U.S., Evangelicals Would ‘Raise Up Mightily’

    01/19/2015 7:37:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/19/2015 | Ian Sample
    Evangelical Christian Republicans would have a serious problem with Charlie Hebdo were it to mock Christians in America, says former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele. “It would be a real, real problem for a lot of grassroots evangelicals out there, particularly with respect to the sense of attack on them personally,” said Steele, appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. “It’s a real balancing act,” he continued, “between . . . that feeling of expression and wanting to be free to do that, and then the personal feeling I have when you express yourself, and I feel like...
  • How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

    01/17/2015 6:03:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 93 replies
    Time ^ | January 15, 2015 | Elizabeth Dias
    If evangelical Christianity is famous for anything in contemporary American politics, it is for its complete opposition to gay marriage. Now, slowly yet undeniably, evangelicals are changing their minds. Every day, evangelical communities across the country are arriving at new crossroads over marriage. My magazine story for TIME this week, “A Change of Heart,” is a deep dive into the changing allegiances and divides in evangelical churches and communities over homosexuality. In public, so many churches and pastors are afraid to talk about the generational and societal shifts happening. But behind the scenes, it’s a whole different game. Support for...
  • How Evangelicals Are Changing Their Minds on Gay Marriage

    01/16/2015 8:10:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    TIME ^ | 01/15/2015 | Elizabeth Dias
    If evangelical Christianity is famous for anything in contemporary American politics, it is for its complete opposition to gay marriage. Now, slowly yet undeniably, evangelicals are changing their minds.Every day, evangelical communities across the country are arriving at new crossroads over marriage. My magazine story for TIME this week, “A Change of Heart,” is a deep dive into the changing allegiances and divides in evangelical churches and communities over homosexuality. In public, so many churches and pastors are afraid to talk about the generational and societal shifts happening. But behind the scenes, it’s a whole different game. Support for gay...
  • Huckabee 2016 Could Be 2008 Redux

    01/06/2015 1:59:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | January 5, 2015 | David Catanese
    His coalition of evangelicals could be broken up by new alternatives like Ted Cruz.Mike Huckabee loyalists still believe their guy was screwed in 2008. After pulling off an impressive upset of the better-funded Mitt Romney in the Iowa presidential caucuses, the former Arkansas governor eyed a second Republican primary win in South Carolina. His allies are convinced the Palmetto State should’ve been his for the taking – if not for the peculiar, lethargic candidacy of former Sen. Fred Thompson, a friend of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who siphoned conservative voters from Huckabee in South Carolina. Thompson’s 16 percent slice of...
  • How Christians Will Know They Can Join Hands With Rome

    01/01/2015 2:06:50 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 325 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | October 29, 2014 | Eric Davis, Pastor since 2008 of Cornerstone Church, Jackson Hole, WY
    With Reformation Day coming up, this is a good time to recall why the Reformers departed from Roman Catholicism. In our day especially, it seems that many Christians have history-amnesia when it comes to the importance of what God did through the Reformers. During the Reformation, great confusion existed regarding what was, and was not, the true church of Christ. Rome had asserted itself as the true church for centuries, and continues to do so today. However, as the Reformers recognized then, Christians must follow in step today by recalling that joining hands with Rome is a departure from Christ....
  • Mike Huckabee’s Improbable Balancing Act for GOP Nod

    01/04/2015 9:52:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 4, 2015 | Lloyd Green
    There’s no doubt the Huck will need bucks if he’s going to make a successful run for the GOP nomination, but that’s not the only challenge he faces.Last night, Mike Huckabee bid adieu to his show on Fox, and made his interest in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination a matter of public record. Unlike former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Huckabee is not immediately forming an exploratory committee. Still, the prospect of a Huckabee candidacy should be taken seriously. He finished second in 2008 behind John McCain, and maintains a reservoir of good will among...
  • Hey Pastor, Can I Have a Minute of Your Time? [Newsweek's screed vs. Evangelicals]

    12/29/2014 9:39:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    RedState.com ^ | Dec. 29, 2014 | Erick Erickson (Diary)
    Newsweek is back and this time it is fully a leftist rag. It’s latest is Christian troll bait written by non-religious scholar Kurt Eichenwald of Vanity Fair who, if you’ve ever paid attention to him, holds Christianity in disdain to begin with. So of course a guy who hates Christianity is going to attack it. His attacks, for knowledgeable Christians, are silly fabrications and half-truths. But then Eichenwald is not really writing for Christians, but against them. He’s writing to the secularists trying to buttress their faith in their gods. Al Mohler has a well written rebuttal as does Michael...
  • Why white evangelicals rule the midterms

    12/20/2014 5:44:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/20/2014 | By Lydia Bean
    One of the reasons that Republicans won the midterm elections is because white evangelicals turned out, while Democratic-leaning groups stayed home. For good and for ill, white evangelicals are one of the most effectively organized groups in American politics, and they reliably vote Republican. We should all be asking what we can learn from conservative evangelicals about how to energize voters in midterms. Back in October, pollster Robert Jones argued that white evangelicals were declining as a percentage of the population, even in the South. This could have been bad news for Republicans, who counted on loyal support from white...
  • How American Evangelicals Are NOT Following New Testament Christianity

    12/08/2014 9:34:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/08/2014 | John Lomperis
    Much more than a single article could be written detailing all the ways in which American evangelical Protestantism looks very different from the early church. Certainly not all of the developments in our external circumstances or internal practices have been for the worse. But one key way in which American evangelicals have not been closely hewing to the faithful biblical example of our spiritual forefathers and foremothers is in the basic attitude and response we often have towards what to do about blatant unfaithfulness within the church itself. People often romantically long for the purity of "the New Testament church."...
  • Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 1:36:57 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 73 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/02/2014 | Heather Clark
    In a new video, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and “Pope Francis,” who Warren recently referred to as the “Holy Father”—a move that is raising concerns among Christians nationwide and is resulting in calls for Warren to repent. Warren made the comments following his visit to the Vatican last month, where he spoke at an interfaith conference on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman.”...