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  • Why Evangelical Christians Should Not Support Donald Trump

    11/29/2015 6:12:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 281 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 29, 2015 | Michael Brown
    I understand the tremendous popularity of Donald Trump in America in 2015. He is a larger than life reality TV star; he is incredibly rich and not beholden to anyone; he is fearless and speaks his mind; he articulates the frustrations and anger of millions of his countrymen; he gives the impression that he can fix our economy and will put an end to illegal immigration; he is not a Washington insider; he could be a strong leader who could face down our global enemies; he can even be winsome and self-effacing at times. Yes, I do understand all this...
  • Ted Cruz makes his move

    11/25/2015 9:32:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | November 25, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk
    The religious right may be yesterday’s news, but its signal accomplishment, the white evangelical voting bloc, remains the Republican Party’s most important constituency. And it’s moving toward Ted Cruz. The latest numbers from Iowa show Cruz neck and neck with Donald Trump thanks to evangelical support. According to Quinnipiac, it’s now Trump at 25 percent, Cruz at 23 percent, and Ben Carson slipping to 18 percent among all likely Republican caucus-goers. White evangelicals, who make up 60 percent of them, now favor Cruz over Carson, 27 percent to 24 percent, with Trump at 20 percent. And as white evangelicals in...
  • Cruz Makes Wide-Ranging Pitch to Iowa Evangelicals

    11/21/2015 12:35:12 PM PST · by Isara · 3 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Nov. 20, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz takes questions after The Family Leader's Presidential Family Forum on Nov. 20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Patrick Svitek) DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Friday night offered a wide-ranging appeal to evangelicals in this key presidential proving ground, opting for humor, solemnity — and an unambiguous pitch for his viability as the GOP's presidential nominee. "If the body of Christ rises up as one and votes our values, we can turn this country around," Cruz said as he drive home his mantra that more Christians need to show up the polls...
  • President Trump? Part 2: What if he's the nominee?

    11/20/2015 8:40:20 AM PST · by JediJones · 47 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 11/18/2015 | Steve Deace
    ...Trump could absolutely win the nomination...the traditional coalition it takes for a Republican to win the White House may have to be reconfigured with Trump as standard-bearer. ...alliance of pro-life Catholics and evangelicals...became the dominant force in the GOP's grassroots... Since Roe...every Republican presidential election victory except one has one thing in common-the GOP won the Catholic vote. The lone exception was in 2000... If Republicans do not run a strong pro-life candidate for president, they don't have enough else in common with Catholic voters to win the Catholic vote. And Trump is not a strong pro-life candidate. Just a...
  • Ted Cruz Continues His Outreach to Evangelicals With Two Rallies

    11/13/2015 7:19:13 AM PST · by Isara · 1 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 13, 2015 | Matt Flegenheimer
    It is no secret that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is serious about wooing evangelical voters.Remarks on the stump are laced with references to religious liberty - and what Mr. Cruz sees as attacks against it. His team has assembled a master list of 411 national evangelicals whose support has been deemed most critical, according to a campaign official. The campaign said Mr. Cruz had secured the support of 191.And over the next two days, Mr. Cruz will make his case at a pair of rallies aimed at the class of voters who will be central to his fortunes. He...
  • Baptist free-for-all: Cruz over Huckabee

    10/18/2015 6:47:18 PM PDT · by VinL · 32 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 10/18/15 | Bud Kennedy
    The Southern Baptist primary is over, and the preachers kid won. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, son of a Baptist evangelist and capable of bringing his own fire and brimstone in the Republican campaign, collected both a thunderous ovation and a subtle blessing Sunday at the North Texas Presidential Forum at Prestonwood Baptist Church. Eight years ago, Prestonwood Pastor Jack Graham told worshipers how God is lifting up presidential candidates and his favor is upon Mike Huckabee... This time around, Huckabee has plenty of words. Just no campaign money. He chatted breezily with Graham Sunday, and drew cheers when he brought...
  • Praying for Trump

    10/02/2015 2:10:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 2, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk, Trinity College
    I miss Donald Trump. There, I said it. Mea maxima culpa. Ever since Pope Francis blew into town, nobody seems to care about him. Yes, he’s still leading in the polls. But somehow, no one seems to care. He’s just kind of sitting there, mired in the low 20s, waiting for someone, anyone, to take his place. Ben Carson made a run at him, but has subsided. Carly Fiorina likewise. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz the same. The whole damn race seems stuck in neutral. O Francis, what hast thou wrought? Apparently a need for some churching up, as Curtis once...
  • 'I believe in the Bible': Trump courts Christian right

    09/25/2015 1:57:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jill Colvin
    Donald Trump recently showed up at a gathering of Iowa conservative Christian voters with a copy of the Bible in hand. "See, I'm better than you thought," he said. Then came a black-and-white photograph from his confirmation to further prove his Christian cred. "Nobody believes this," he said to laughs. "What went wrong?" As the Republican presidential front-runner and billionaire businessman tries to maintain his lead in early polls with rivals gaining, Trump is increasingly courting a wing of the Republican Party that might seem antithetical to his brand: evangelical Christians....
  • Washington Post/ABC News poll question on Kim Davis, results by religion

    09/15/2015 5:24:26 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies
    Washington Post/ABC News poll, September 7-10 Q: As you may know, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry. Nonetheless a county clerk in Kentucky has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, saying she objects on religious grounds. Do you think this county clerk should or should not be required to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples? All adults: 63% 33 By religion: White evangelical Protestant 37 61 White non-evangelical Protestant 77 21 White Catholic 70 28 No religion 79 16 By race: White 66 31...
  • Top radio host vows to quit job if Trump wins Iowas evangelicals

    09/11/2015 7:11:32 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 119 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 10, 2015 | By Bradford Richardson
    Influential radio show host Steve Deace says he will quit his job if Donald Trump carries the evangelical vote in the Iowa Caucus. "If Donald Trump gets 32% of the evangelical vote in Iowa on Feb. 1 I will quit my job," Deace tweeted on Thursday, responding to someone who referenced a poll. "Not happening." Deace, a prominent Iowan conservative, has previously endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the GOP primary. In my view, hes what weve been waiting for, Deace said. Hes an end to the false choice between principles and electability. A Monmouth University poll released Aug. 31...
  • If Someone's Speech Is Not PC, Does that Automatically Equate It To Biblical Acceptability?

    09/10/2015 10:17:26 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 28 replies
    9/10/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I'm not saying that we have a theocracy or should have one, nor am I saying that if someone messes up from time to time in their choice of words or choices in life that this means they are automatically not a Christian or aren't seeking to follow the Bible to the best of their ability. Nor should anyone use yet another Straw Man (that I have to knock down before they are lobbed onto this thread) and say that "At least this person isn't Obama." Being anti-PC is often a good thing, for it can remove the endless quibbling,...
  • Why Is Donald Trump Receiving So Much Support From Evangelicals?

    09/09/2015 7:59:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Although there are a number of reasons for Evangelical voters to not vote for misogynistic billionaire and presidential candidate Donald Trump, his early success in attracting the interest of some Evangelicals has many wondering, what is "The Donald's" appeal? Even though Trump previously supported abortion, has liberal views on gay marriage, often makes derisive remarks about women and has publicly proclaimed that he doesn't seek God's forgiveness, the self-proclaimed Presbyterian has had no trouble in garnering a plurality of support from Evangelicals, according to two published polls. Although it would seem to make more sense for Evangelicals to get behind...
  • Who Are the Evangelicals Supporting Donald Trump?

    09/01/2015 7:06:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/01/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    New polling shows Donald Trump continuing to surge among the Republican field. His strong showing among Evangelicals is a surprise to some and annoyance to others. As a matter of fact, he currently leads among conservative Christians. "I love the Evangelicals," said Trump, but there are doubters. A scathing op-ed in The New York Times on Trump and his Christian support concluded with this assessment: "I don't see someone interested in serving God, I see someone interested in being God." If the disconnect between Republican Party leaders and much of the base is evident, it may exist among Evangelical leaders...
  • Bigotry in numbers: Why so many academics look down on evangelicals

    08/28/2015 6:48:58 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 37 replies
    Those who teach in higher education are relatively OK with some religious groups, according to a study based on a 2012 online national survey that drew 464 complete responses. Asked to assess religious groups on a feeling thermometer of 1 to 100, Jewish people, mainline Protestants and Catholics all achieved an average score of 65 or higher, researchers led by University of North Texas sociologist George Yancey reported in an online article in the journal Sociology of Religion. Next to the bottom, just slightly above fundamentalists, were Protestant evangelicals with an average score of 48. Based on the rankings and...
  • Why Cruz could make some noise in the GOP primary

    08/26/2015 1:23:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | August 25, 2015 | Gilbert Garcia
    For the first time in 40 years, a Republican presidential primary in Texas will be something more than an afterthought. The 2016 Texas primary will be the grand prize in a Super Tuesday sweepstakes that should define several presidential campaigns none more than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Back in March, when Cruz announced his candidacy, I discounted the possibility that his culture-warrior rhetoric would play outside this state, and wrote him off as a colorful source of bulletin-board material for Democrats. Five months later, I still consider Cruz an unlikely GOP nominee, but its now possible to detect a...
  • Ted Cruzs big problem: There isnt really an evangelical vote right now

    08/25/2015 10:15:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 25, 2015 | Philip Bump
    On Friday night, while the political media was transfixed watching Donald Trump's in-all-ways-secular stump ramble in Mobile, Ala., Ted Cruz was holding a deliberately religious rally in Des Moines. Evangelical voters were always meant to be a linchpin of Cruz's presidential bid, and as our Katie Zezima and Tom Hamburger write, the Des Moines event was not shy about making that pitch. Blasting Planned Parenthood and lamenting the "persecution" of business owners sued for denying services to same-sex couples, Cruz was clearly trying to do two things: Plant his flag as the Republican crusader -- and prompt religious voters to...
  • Ted Cruz, Seeking Converts to His Campaign, Rallies Iowa Evangelicals

    08/22/2015 12:46:10 PM PDT · by Isara · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 22, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    DES MOINES Senator Ted Cruz on Friday night drew one of the largest crowds in Iowa of any candidate this year: some 2,300 Christian conservatives, who turned out for an unusual program featuring people Mr. Cruz called victims of government persecution. The eight people included bakers, a florist, wedding planners and others from several states. All of them said they had been sued, fined or fired for refusing service to same-sex couples or for expressing opposition to homosexuality. Several of them were well known to audiences of right-leaning news media. Seated in a chair facing Betty Odgaard of Iowa,...
  • Why Evangelicals Worship Trump

    08/21/2015 5:48:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 21, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    With his brash demeanor, rough language, womanizing, and general Trump-ness, youd think evangelicals would loathe Trump. Youd be wrong. Evangelicals were supposed to hate Donald Trump. His ostentatious wealth, his colorful language, his serial marriageshe was supposed to be the anti-Huckabee, the candidate least appealing to conservative Christians and their reality TV-unfriendly sensibilities. Then there was Trumps cavalier discussion of his faith at the Ames, Iowa, Family Leadership Summit in Julywhere he said he doesnt ask God for forgiveness. The Washington Examiners Byron York argued that comment would hurt him more than his disparagement of Senator John McCains war record....
  • The Pope and the Vatican Should Be Confronted about Traditional Catholic Stances against Israel

    07/28/2015 4:37:44 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    The Pope and the Vatican Should Be Confronted about Traditional Catholic Stances against Israel Instead of rejecting Israel as the Vatican does, evangelical leaders should do what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did By Julio Severo WorldNetDaily chief Joseph Farah accurately pointed the latest Vatican tragedy against Israel by saying that it is a one-sided hostile action against Israel. He said, Pope Francis announced an agreement had been reached with the barbaric leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization recognizing Palestine. Its a barbarous act of political and historical tone deafness by the pope that puts the beleaguered Jewish state,...
  • Cruz, Huckabee go head-to-head for evangelical votes

    07/06/2015 8:14:32 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 20 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 7/5 | Bill Barrow
    Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee went head-to-head for evangelical votes Sunday, telling a megachurch congregation in Georgia that God favors the United States but warning that the nation is on a perilous spiritual path because of actions like the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
  • Social conservatives and libertarians will get married

    07/03/2015 7:33:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 2, 2015 | Philip Klein
    The Republican Party, broadly speaking, is comprised of many factions that are often at odds with one another. Prominent examples are the battles between the grassroots and the national party establishment and between defense hawks and non-interventionists. Perhaps fiercer than any of these fights is the long-standing conflict between social conservatives and libertarians. But when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last month, they created an opening for a wedding between these two groups, which could benefit the Republican Party ahead of the 2016 election. To be clear, libertarians come in many stripes. There are those who reject the political...
  • A sudden, Sunday tug-of-war for evangelical voters in Georgia (Cruz vs. Huckabee)

    07/03/2015 10:54:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 2, 2015 | Jim Galloway
    Suddenly, a Georgia church has become the site of a serious tug-of-war for evangelical voters between Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. On Sunday evening, both candidates will appear at Rock Springs Church in Milner, Ga., pastored by the Rev. Benny Tate, one of Georgias higher-profile Southern Baptist preachers. Cruz was already on our radar as an attendee at the 5 p.m. event. The Huckabee campaign announced this afternoon that the former governor of Arkansas would make the event as well. The July 5 event, an Independence Day picnic, also features Jep Robertson of Duck Dynasty, and music...
  • Five True Lies Republicans Should Tell In 2016

    07/01/2015 7:42:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Its time to define the Democrats the way theyve done to our people.Our readers dont really need to see another column, post, or podcast about how the Supreme Court and the Obama administration has wrecked the America we used to know, and were past the time where we wallow in grief about how the country is lost. Its not lost. The fight isnt over until conservatives say its over. Are you really going to just sit there and let a bunch of high-school losers who found religion in campus cultural Marxism destroy the greatest society in world history? The Nazis,...
  • Cruz's Father Ignites Son's 2016 Presidential Campaign

    06/24/2015 9:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Financial Buzz ^ | June 24, 2015 | John Kendrick
    Christian rights activists in the US have now got a new clarion call to flock to: Ted Cruz. Fence sitters among them (almost all of them count themselves as Republicans) are listening to a new political speaker in the block: the father of the presidential candidate himself: Rafael Cruz. The new speaker suits all their sensibilities of an excellent orator and most important of all, quotes the Bible at every possible opportunity. Pastor to politics Ted Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz is a well-known evangelical pastor presently making political speeches at churches around the country. He recites the guidelines for selecting...
  • How Ted Cruz Has Already Won the Faith & Freedom Conference

    06/18/2015 6:25:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | June 18, 2015 | David Catanese
    The Texas senator blew away the crowd of conservatives with a finely tuned speech on religious liberty.There are two full days left of the Faith & Freedom Coalition's annual Washington conference. But Ted Cruz already won it on Thursday. The Texas senator measurably outperformed his two Senate GOP colleagues, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, with a tightly woven sermon on religious liberty delivered with vigor and conviction. He was rewarded with the most frequent and loudest applause and the highest praise from the gathering of social conservatives at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. It wasn't just the dramatic delivery that separated...
  • Rand Paul, struggling in his presidential bid, works to court evangelicals

    06/17/2015 3:43:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Tri-City Herald ^ | June 17, 2015 | Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau
    PHILADELPHIA Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, running for president on a platform of keeping the government out of peoples business, took a deep breath when asked at a recent stop in Philadelphia whether hed make addressing abortion a part of his campaign. I didnt run for office because of the social issues, Paul answered. It wasnt what got me to leave my practice. I ran for office mainly because I became concerned that were going to destroy the country with debt.(continued)
  • Exit Stage Right: Welcome to the race, Jebnow drop out. (Not what you think it is)

    06/16/2015 12:23:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | June 15, 2015 | Reihan Salam
    A s Jeb Bush formally enters the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, allow me to make a humble request of the former Florida governor: Please drop out. I appreciate that my request is impertinent in the extreme. Bush is by all accounts one of the most creative, thoughtful, and disciplined minds in American politics, and if anyone has earned the right to weigh in on the future direction of the GOP, it is him. I also appreciate that my timing is awful. To drop out immediately after entering the race would seem capricious, and no one wants to...
  • If Christians Want To End Abortions They Should Stop Getting Them

    06/14/2015 9:15:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    patheos.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Benjamin Dixon
    One of the pillars of the Evangelical marriage to the Republican Party is the Pro-Life movement. By far, this movement is one of the most passionate and mobilized groups in America. But I wonder have they ever taken a moment to ask themselves the question of why, according to the Guttmacher Institute, 65 percent of all abortions are performed on Christian patients (37 percent Protestant and 28 percent Catholic). Sometimes I wonder if they even know this statistic. And if they do, how do they look at themselves in the mirror at night after they have gone to college campuses...
  • Are Evangelicals Winning the World?

    06/09/2015 6:17:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 06/08/2015 | PETER BERGER
    Why are parts of Germany formerly under the enforced secularism of the Communist party rediscovering charismatic religion? In its story of May 16, 2015, the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel carried a story tiled (on its cover at least) Are Evangelicals Winning the World? [That is my translation. The German wording is Are Evangelicals conquering I substituted the less martial-sounding English winning. To the best of my knowledge, there is a remarkable scarcity of Evangelical suicide bombers.] The story states that Evangelical congregations are generally growing in Germany. But it concentrates on two congregations: one in Stuttgart, in western Germany, the...
  • Some Evangelicals Take New Look at Bibles Stance on Gays

    06/08/2015 11:48:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 119 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 8, 2015 | Laurie Goodstein
    As a young, openly gay Christian activist, Matthew Vines considered it a victory just to get into a room at a conservative Christian university here with four influential evangelicals who disagreed with him over what the Bible says about homosexuality. He ended up in a polite, heartfelt three-hour debate last month over Scripture passages about topics like celibacy, eunuchs, slavery and the connections between sex and marriage. Every single system you have within your body whether its your respiratory system, your excretory system, your muscular system can be completed as an individual, said Sean McDowell, a professor...
  • Fox News Contributor Goes Off on Christians: So Bible verses are "vile" now?

    05/28/2015 6:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    PJ Media's PJ Lifestyle ^ | May 28, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg told Bill OReilly last week that Republicans live in fear of the organized Christian right. Goldberg and OReilly were discussing presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who recently asked a local reporter in Texas if the left including the media is obsessed with sex, after reporters repeatedly badgered him with questions about gay marriage and homosexuality. Both said that Cruz handled the question well, even though Goldberg admitted, Im not a fan of Ted Cruz. But Goldberg had more to say. Ted Cruz could have said, of course, I have no animosity against gay Americans....
  • Pope Francis Says the Devil Is Keeping Evangelicals and Catholics Divided: 'We Are One'

    05/26/2015 1:02:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/26/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis has said that it's the devil himself who keeps evangelicals, Catholics, and Christians from other denominations divided, and rejected the notion that it's heretical to believe that all Christians are one. "Division is the work of the 'Father of Lies,' 'the Father of Discord,' who does everything possible to keep us divided," Francis said in a video message to a gathering sponsored by the John 17 Movement, according to Catholic Herald. "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps," he added. "But there is someone who 'knows' that, despite our differences, we are...
  • Medved: Invisible armies of evangelicals can't deliver victory in 2016

    05/18/2015 5:33:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    USA Today | May 18, 2015 | Michael Medved
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/05/18/christian-evangelicals-elections-demographics-medved-column/26474707/
  • 10 Interesting Facts About Evangelicals From Pew's Religion Report

    05/18/2015 8:15:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/18/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    The big story this week from Pew Research Center's report, "America's Changing Religious Landscape," was the sharp decline in the number of Christians and large growth in those who are unaffiliated with any religion. Digging deeper, the report contains interesting news about Evangelicals. Here are 10 interesting facts about Evangelicals from the report: 1. The number of Evangelicals likely increased. Evangelicals were the only segment of Christianity that likely saw growth. Evangelicals added about two million to their fold from 2007 to 2014. Taking the margin of error into account, the actual increase could be anywhere between zero and five...
  • Long-time Texas conservative activist endorses Cruz for president

    05/16/2015 3:44:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | May 16, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    Paul Pressler, a former Texas appeals court judge who has long been a supporter of conservative causes and active in Texas politics, announced Saturday that he is endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for president. Pressler, who in 2012 hosted a large group of evangelical leaders who voted to coalesce their support behind Rick Santorums presidential campaign as a challenge to frontrunner Mitt Romney, said he announced his endorsement of Cruz at a meeting of conservatives in Washington Saturday. I feel that Ted Cruz is electable and he stands by his convictions in an articulate manner, Pressler said in an interview...
  • Walker gets ready for his religious-right audition

    A couple of months ago, the New York Times reported on the religious-right movement’s restlessness ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign. Christian right leaders realize much of the Republican establishment is rallying behind Jeb Bush, but they believe “values voters” will still have a key role in the nominating process and the movement wants a standard bearer of their own. None of this came as a surprise. Indeed, we’ve seen social conservatives try these organizational efforts before, usually to little effect. What was surprising, however, was the religious right’s shortlist: “In secret straw polls and exclusive meetings from Iowa to...
  • The religious right is worried about Scott Walker

    05/15/2015 12:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 15, 2015 | Leslie Larson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), the son of a Baptist minister and an outspoken evangelical in his own right, may still have some work to do to court conservative Christians. The governor is mulling a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and will head to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for a meet and greet with 50 evangelical leaders, who are said to be unsure of how deeply rooted Walker's convictions are on social issues like abortion and gay marriage. "Clearly he's not well known within Washington, D.C., with social conservative leaders. He's more known for his battle with unions...
  • Influential evangelicals to try to rally behind one GOP candidate at meeting

    05/15/2015 8:44:30 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/15/2015 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Around 200 of the countrys most influential evangelicals will huddle on Friday and Saturday in hopes of coalescing their support around a single Republican presidential candidate. The Council for National Policy, a secretive group of Christian donors, activists, and leaders that is currently overseen by Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, will meet behind closed doors at the Ritz-Carleton in McLean, Va. Over the two day period, they are expected to hear from a handful of 2016 hopefuls who are eager to woo them, including Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee. The...
  • Christianity Is Not Dying in America; Reports Pointing to Decline of Church Are Skewing Data

    05/14/2015 7:33:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/14/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    Contrary to recent reports based on studies that emphasize the growth of non-religious people in the United States and the decline of church attendance, Christianity in America is not dying, according to a new survey that examines the nuances and complexities of how people self-identify with faith by Waco,Texas-based Baylor University. Scholars from Baylor University's Institute of Religion said during a recent conference that reports highlighting the departure of millenials from the organized religion of their parents are being greatly exaggerated. "There's a story some people want to report that religion is on life support but it's just...
  • Time To Worry: Americans Are Turning Away From Christianity

    05/12/2015 1:14:52 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    The last several decades, the Left has done its best to change Americas religious landscape. According to a new Pew study, theyre succeeding better than many thought possible: "The number of Americans who dont affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call nones the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday." Christians are still the majority, but their numbers have fallen from 78 percent to just under 71 percent. The main reason? Increasingly more Americans consider themselves non affiliated with any...
  • LGBT Is the Real Moral Majority (Yeah, he went there)

    05/08/2015 11:05:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 8, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    Evangelicals could learn to reap the success of their ideological opponents, notably the LGBT community. But when you think your orders come from God, evolution can be tough.So now that Mike Huckabee has thrown in, we have three or arguably four Republican candidates elbowing one another to win the collective heart of the evangelical right. In addition to Huck, there’s Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and maybe Rand Paul, whose links to the constituency are more tenuous but who clearly is in there pitching. What they all understand, of course, is that the evangelical presence looms large in the Iowa caucuses,...
  • The State of the Presidential Race Report: Onward Christian Socialists!

    05/06/2015 10:15:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | May 6, 2015 | Don Rasmussen
    It is a big week in presidential politics. Carly Fiorina announced her campaign on Skype while sitting alone in a dark room and giving Hillarys announcement the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment. Ben Carson also announced with an awkward and surreal variety show, featuring a gospel choir, back-flipping dogs, The Solid Gold Dancers and a special appearance by the ghost of Chuck Barris. At least now we know what he is really running forhost of the new Muppets Show. He even announced that he didnt want to be a politician. Millions of homosexuals and gun owners breathed a sigh of...
  • Experts: Support-base growth still challenges Huckabee

    05/06/2015 1:27:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / The Associated Press | May 6, 2015 | Sarah D. Wire
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/may/06/experts-support-base-growth-still-chall/?f=news-arkansas
  • Brody File Analysis: Evangelical Food Fight: Mike Huckabee vs. Ted Cruz

    05/06/2015 12:19:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CBN's The Brody File ^ | May 6, 2015 | David Brody, chief political correspondent
    Mike Huckabee is not the evangelical candidate. Oh sure, hell get a hefty amount of the evangelical vote even though there is a much more competitive field this time around. But if you think hes a one-trick pony then you miss the larger story. The easy media narrative will be that Huckabee must appeal to evangelicals to do well. And theres no denying that will be a part of his potential winning equation. But what Huckabee has that no other candidate possesses is an, aw shucks, bless your heart, southern charm. That will play well in the heartland of this...
  • Can Huckabee Win The Religious Vote This Time Around? He Might Need To Rethink His 2016 Strategy

    05/05/2015 9:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Bustle ^ | May 5, 2015 | Melanie Schmitz
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has officially entered the race. On Tuesday, Huckabee announced that he would be seeking a 2016 White House bid, joining a rapidly growing field of GOP contenders, including former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and previous Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, both of whom announced their intentions earlier in the week. With all the fanfare surrounding Huckabees announcement though, many have expressed worries he just isnt the political heavyweight he once was more importantly, they predict that Huckabee wont be able to win the religious vote a second time around. The governors first failed bid in...
  • 2016 race: Why a Tea Party president is a real possibility

    05/05/2015 1:04:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2015 | Mark Meckler
    When the Tea Party began in 2009, even those of us at the heart of the movement couldnt have predicted how it would permanently alter Americas political landscape. Just six years later, its undeniably at the heart of American politics in spite of countless attacks from the political establishment and from the national media. Because of the Tea Partys strength and influence, candidates who call themselves conservative must prove their bona fides to successfully court any grassroots support at all. Sen. Ted Cruz is a great example. Clearly a Tea Party favorite, Cruz has stood strong in the Senate for...
  • 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 · 40 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 were 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 its 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. "Im looking for somebody whos 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 youd 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 didnt exactly capture the same enthusiasm. But...