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  • NY Times Shocking Revelation: Evangelical Rubes Risk Their Lives to Help Poor, Black Foreigners

    04/01/2015 7:15:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 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 partys 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. Its 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 Cruzs 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)NBCs 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 himand 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 Cruzs 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 Cruzs 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. Cruzs 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, Cruzs 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. Harfs 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 Obamas 2012 campaign. Harfs 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 Wisconsinthe ones, he claims, whove 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 Clbre

    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 movements 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 movements character. It wasnt 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, 18851917, 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 wasnt 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 wouldnt think that anyone would fight about Ash Wednesday and Lent. For Catholics its part of what we do. For others its 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 doesnt. 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 Americas 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, its 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. Its 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 cant 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 presidents 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 Masters Seminary
    Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early churchs celebration of the Lords 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 Lords 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 churchs celebration of the Lords 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 partys 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 Junglings personal faith-first foundation, and soon enough she was volunteeringa lot. Calls, emails, tweets, events. She even served as state director for Huck PAC, Huckabees 2008 grassroots political action committee. She didnt take one dime. He believes what I believe, she told me. Thats 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 NBCs Meet the Press on Sunday. Its 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, its 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 shouldve 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. Thompsons 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 Huckabees 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
    Theres no doubt the Huck will need bucks if hes going to make a successful run for the GOP nomination, but thats 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. Its latest is Christian troll bait written by non-religious scholar Kurt Eichenwald of Vanity Fair who, if youve 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. Hes 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 Warrens 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 Fathera 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....
  • Rick Warrens Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, Holy Father Raising Concerns

    12/03/2014 10:23:22 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 582 replies
    http://christiannews.net ^ | December 2, 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 Fathera 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. We have far more in common than what divides us, he said in the two-minute video released by the Catholic News Service on Wednesday, described as...
  • Evangelicals with gay children challenging church (AP vs. Christianity)

    11/27/2014 12:19:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 90 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 27, 2014 2:00 PM EST | Rachel Zoll
    Rob and Linda Robertson did what they believed was expected of them as good Christians. When their 12-year-old son Ryan said he was gay, they told him they loved him, but he had to change. He entered reparative therapy, met regularly with his pastor and immersed himself in Bible study and his church youth group. After six years, nothing changed. A despondent Ryan cut off from his parents and his faith, started taking drugs and in 2009, died of an overdose. Now we realize we were so wrongly taught, said Rob Robertson, a firefighter for more than 30 years who...
  • Ted Cruz introduced by liberal Alan Dershowitz at Zionist dinner in New York

    11/23/2014 9:49:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 23, 2014 | Todd J. Gillman
    NEW YORK Sen. Ted Cruz is in a crowded ballroom full of Zionists this Sunday evening, headlining an annual Zionist Organization of America dinner. Standing with Israel and strengthening the U.S.-Israel alliance is critical for our nation and has been a key priority from the very first day I arrived in the US Senate, he said at a VIP reception beforehand. The threats to Israel right now have never been greater, and now is a time when we do not need leaders who simply speak empty words of support for Israel, he said in a well-received speech. We need...
  • Is God The Problem With American Politics?

    11/21/2014 12:30:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Vale
    Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling those who've taken on faith to create a force for change."Youre the anti-Christ, you will be destroyed, screamed an incensed heckler during a speech by Barack Obama in June this year. It was not the first time Obama had heard this very pointed line, nor was he the first President to hear it. Anti-Obama rallies are often decorated with signs or t-shirts carrying overtly religious messages, whether its likening him to the Devil, demanding that Christian prayers be returned to schools or suggesting that America has a...
  • 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Evangelicals

    11/18/2014 10:13:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    On Faith ^ | 11/18/2014 | by Warren Cole Smith
    Warren Cole Smith is the associate publisher of WORLD Magazine. He is the author or co-author of several books, including A Lover’s Quarrel with the Evangelical Church and Prodigal Press. We asked him to give us 10 things he wishes everyone knew about evangelicals.1. Evangelicals share a common belief. Being an evangelical actually means something doctrinally and theologically, namely that salvation comes by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Evangelicalism is not, or not merely, a demographical subset or sociological tribe. An evangelical is someone who both believes and wants to share with others this evangel, this...
  • How the Religious Right Scams Its Way Onto the New York Times Bestseller List

    11/18/2014 10:11:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 11/18/2014 | Dr. Warren Throckmorton
    Whats Christian about evangelical authors using shady business tactics in a bid to boost visibility on bestseller lists? In January 2012, former megachurch pastor Mark Driscolls book Real Marriage went to the top spot on the Hardcover Advice section of The New York Times best-seller list. In March 2014, it was disclosed by evangelical magazine, World, that Driscolls publishing success was aided by a consulting firm called ResultSource, which purchased books on behalf of Driscoll in a coordinated effort to spike sales and give the impression that the book was popular with thousands of book buyers. Driscoll recently resigned from...
  • Duck Dynasty': Phil Robertsons Family Believes America Could Collapse

    11/17/2014 3:01:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Patrick Frye
    The Duck Dynasty family has made the news partially due to their politically incorrect statements, and Phil Robertson tends to be the largest contribute to soundbites. But now, Phils son has taken the stump and is declaring that its possible that America could collapse just like the Roman empire. In a related report by the Inquisitr, Phil Robertson believes that Bibles and guns are the answer to any Americans woes. The Duck Commander patriarch also had a dire warning for Sadie Robertsons boyfriend, saying that if they do not keep it in their pants, then he would break them. Phil...
  • Catholics Turning to Protestant Churches in Latin America to Find Relationship With God: Pew Survey

    11/13/2014 1:35:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/13/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A new Pew survey found that Latin American Catholics are increasingly leaving the Catholic Church, either to join evangelical Protestant churches or are abandoning religion altogether. The survey participants cited a search for a personal connection with God as the biggest reason for their shift. The wide-ranging survey, released on Thursday, reported that although 69 percent of adults across the region identify as Catholic, in almost every country surveyed there was a reported net loss of Catholics in terms of people raised Catholic and currently Catholic. Overall for Latin America as a whole, 84 percent of the population was raised...
  • Bible Belt Republicans to rule Congress, push far-right agenda

    11/09/2014 9:00:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy. The results put Southern Republicans at the forefront in Washington from Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to a host of new committee chairmen. Those leaders and the rank-and-file behind them will set the Capitol Hill agenda and continue molding the GOPs identity heading into 2016....
  • Election Post-mortem: Conservative Christians Still Key to Republicans

    11/08/2014 8:09:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/8/2014 | BY MARK TOOLEY
    It is often claimed that conservative religious voters, especially white evangelicals, are going the way of the dinosaur, consigned to demographic irrelevance. But they were a key component of the Republicans 2014 midterm victories. According to exit polls, Conservative religious voters made up as big a percentage of the electorate as ever, and they backed Republicans at least as strongly as ever. White evangelicals were 26% of the electorate this year, and 78% of them voted Republican. Thats up from 2010, when they were 25 percent of the electorate, and 77 percent voted Republican, and 2006, when they were 24...
  • GOP Owes 'Prayer of Thanks' for Evangelicals

    11/05/2014 6:56:09 PM PST · by xzins · 22 replies
    CBN ^ | November 05, 2014 | CBNNews.com
    Republicans sealed control of the Senate with more than six seats needed, a momentum Reuters suggested the GOP owes to evangelical voters. FOX News exit polls showed that nearly 60 percent of voters who identified themselves as Protestant or Christian also identified themselves as Republican. "If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives," Reuters reporter Alistair Bell wrote more than a week ago. Studies suggest the voting block may be shrinking, but it's still a considerable force. The latest Reuters-Ipsos polling shows Evangelicals are more enthusiastic about...
  • What different religions say about aliens: A brief guide

    11/04/2014 8:38:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 26, 2014 | Chris Wright / David Weintraub
    Religions have surprisingly diverse approaches to the issue of possible extraterrestrial life, David Weintraub found. Below, a quick survey adapted from his book "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?" and interviews with the author.
  • Ted Cruz just scored a big win, and almost nobody (in D.C.) noticed

    11/03/2014 4:41:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 3, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    It largely escaped the notice of the national media, but there has been a pretty big political story playing out in Houston the last few weeks. Well, it has been a big story, at least, for one very key GOP constituency. Here's the recap: The city of Houston a few weeks back subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors who opposed an ordinance that was aimed at increasing the rights and protections of LGBT residents of the city, which is home to the first openly lesbian mayor of a major American city, Annise Parker (D). The subpoenas were issued in response...
  • Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee Are on a Collision Course as Evangelicals Audition 2016 Contenders

    10/26/2014 6:02:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/25/2014 | BY TIM ALBERTA AND SHANE GOLDMACHER
    When Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee were asked to deliver dueling speeches at a secret gathering of America's most influential socialconservatives, both camps knew what the invitation represented: a private audition to be the evangelical movement's presidential candidate in 2016. They prepared accordingly, and on back-to-back nights in mid-September, the White House hopefuls delivered impassioned addresses to the Council for National Policy's clandestine conference in Atlanta. The courtship of Christian leaders by White House contenders"the evangelical primary," as some call ithas become a staple of Republican presidential politics. But this year is different. After back-to-back cycles in which social conservatives...
  • Homosexual Marriage: A Watershed Issue for Evangelicals

    10/20/2014 2:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president, Family Research Council.
    There is a point where decision on contentious, difficult issues is unavoidable. With respect to homosexual conduct, the American Evangelical church has reached that point. There is no ignoring the determination of the gay and lesbian activists to insist upon complete social and legal normalization of homosexual conduct; from the adoption of children by same-sex couples to the judicial recognition of same-sex unions as marriages every bit as complete as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Thus, Christians cannot avoid the need to decide which side they are on. The Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to allow current judicial rulings...
  • Southern Evangelicals: Dwindlingand Taking the GOP Edge With Them

    10/18/2014 1:06:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 17, 2014 | ROBERT P. JONES
    Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this groupnot because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states.White evangelical Protestants have remained a steadfast Republican constituency in both presidential and midterm congressional elections ever since the Reagan presidency, which marked what political scientists Merle and Earl Black dubbed the great white...