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  • This Black Pastor Says His 'Attitude Changed' on Donald Trump After Meeting With 900 Evangelicals

    06/24/2016 10:42:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | June 23, 2016 | Samuel Smith
    Conservative evangelical bishop E.W. Jackson says that his "attitude" about Donald Trump changed as a result of Tuesday's meeting between Trump and hundreds of America's top evangelical leaders in New York City. Jackson, who is the founder of the conservative nonprofit S.T.A.N.D., said in a conference call during the meeting that he can now back the presumptive Republican nominee instead of just preferring him over presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "What I am hoping we will see is the evangelical community unify around Donald Trump because we just don't have any choice," Jackson said. "I hope that there will be...
  • Former Cruz for President National Co-Chair Opens Door to Trump Endorsement

    06/23/2016 1:26:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Charisma News' Chaisma Caucus ^ | June 23, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    During a brief appearance on FOX News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto," evangelical faith leaders Bob Vander Plaats discussed his take on Donald Trump's recent "conversation" with more than 900 faith leaders this week in New York City. And while he said the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting still had some ways to come to secure the support of concerned evangelicals like himself, he didn't entirely slam the door shut on a future endorsement. Guest host Charles Payne, who was filling in while Cavuto recovers from open-heart surgery, asked specifically about that door being left open. "I think one of the...
  • Trump's evangelical advisory board features Bachmann, Falwell

    06/22/2016 9:40:38 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/21/2016 | Nick Gass
    Former Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann leads an alphabetical list of names announced by Donald Trump's campaign on Tuesday as the presumptive Republican nominee's evangelical executive advisory board. Along with Bachmann, the campaign announced the additions radio host and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr, Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed, among more than two dozen names. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/trump-evangelical-advisory-board-224612#ixzz4CKKqcdW9 Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook
  • Rick Wiles Reports on today's Evangelical Meeting with DJT

    06/21/2016 9:56:26 PM PDT · by Right-wing Librarian · 22 replies
    youtube ^ | June 21, 20016 | Rick Wiles
    Rick Wiles on TruNews giving his account of today's meeting of 1000 Evangelicals with Mr. Trump.
  • How can Trump win the many undecided evangelicals? We asked them.

    06/21/2016 5:33:20 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 100 replies
    Donald Trump will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with hundreds of the nations most prominent Christian conservatives megachurch pastors, religious media personalities, theological writers, heads of social conservative organizations and more. Many of these Christian leaders supported other candidates, including Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina in the primary season. Some have criticized the presumptive Republican nominee for his rhetoric about race and about women, his lack of an anti-abortion history and even his ownership of casinos. What would Trump have to say to earn their support on Tuesday? Several people who will be attending the meeting...
  • Will local evangelical Christians turn out to vote for and work for Donald Trump?

    06/17/2016 10:51:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WCPO-TV ^ | June 17, 2016 | Kevin Eigelbach
    So far, the answer seems to be 'yes' Since the late 70s, some of the most reliable voters for Republican candidates have been Christians who take the Bible literally conservative Christians, well call them. About 65 percent vote Republican now, and they typically turn out in large numbers for elections, said Andrew Lewis, a political science professor at the University of Cincinnati. Will they do so this year, when the Republican standard-bearer is Donald Trump, a not particularly religious person whose support for the pro-life movement has been lukewarm at best? The short answer is yes, said Lewis, who...
  • Watch Live - Trump Address Faith And Freedom Coalition

    06/10/2016 9:58:38 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 73 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | 06/10/2016 | PBS
    hDonald Trump, Sen. Mitch McConnell and other speakers are set to address the 2016 Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference is one of the largest events for religious conservative groups in the country. Trumps speech marks an appeal to the evangelical voter base, whose support for Trump has taken some analysts by surprise. Mr. Trump won a plurality of evangelical votes in the Republican primaries on his path to the nomination, and we welcome him to once again address members of Faith and Freedom and to express his views on the many issues of importance to...
  • VCU Prof: Brazilian Evangelicals Rise Up

    06/02/2016 8:01:49 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 2, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    The Post story, "In Brazil’s political crisis, a powerful new force: Evangelical Christians," is an amazing account from a liberal perspective of how Christian conservatives are taking back their country. One leading critic of the ruling Workers Party in Brazil said, "We saw that communism was in their DNA." We saw this coming more than a year ago in our story, "Anti-Marxist Counter-Revolution in Brazil." The obvious question is, Can it happen here? The answer is, Not with Trump. Andrew Chesnut, a Latin America expert and professor of religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, is quoted as saying, "They think...
  • Evangelicals raise hell over Trump's VP search (Politico Propaganda Alert)

    05/10/2016 7:28:19 PM PDT · by usafa92 · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/10/2016 | Katie Glieck
    Donald Trumps primary run left him with few friends among evangelical leaders, who are now weighing sitting out the general election entirely. But there is one way, they say, to win them back: picking a vice presidential candidate socially conservative enough to compensate for Trumps many heresies. Several of the countrys top socially conservative leaders, from Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council to Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America, said Trumps choice of running mate would be among the most important factors in deciding whether to activate their extensive grass-roots networks on the real estate billionaires behalf. Whos...
  • Theres nobody left: Evangelicals feel abandoned by GOP after Trumps ascent

    05/09/2016 12:09:31 PM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2016 | Katie Zezima
    Pastor Gary Fuller planned a Sunday service focused on involving Christians in the political process and featuring a speech by the pastor father of Sen. Ted Cruz. But after a week in which Cruz abruptly dropped out of the race, his father scrapped his appearance here and Donald Trump became the Republican Partys standard-bearer, a dismayed Fuller kept the political portion short.
  • OPINION: Cruz a Teavangelical who can win

    04/06/2016 9:39:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Courier News | April 7, 2016 | David Brody, Christian Broadcasting Network
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/opinion/2016/04/07/cruz-teavangelical-can-win/82711226/
  • Pew Poll: Cruz Backed by White Evangelicals, Weekly Church-Goers; Trump by Mainline Protestants

    04/02/2016 12:40:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/02/2016 | Anugrah Kumar
    The latest Pew Research poll reveals that while Ted Cruz is supported by white evangelical Republicans and those who regularly attend church service, the GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is preferred by white mainline Protestants and those who attend religious services less frequently. The poll released Friday shows that 41 percent of white evangelical Protestant Republican voters back Cruz, compared with 38-percent support for Trump. And 44 percent of Republican voters who regularly attend religious services are likely to back Cruz, while Trump has the backing of only 29 percent in this category. The poll also suggests that 57 percent of...
  • Robert Jeffress Rebukes Glenn Beck for Criticism of Southern Evangelicals

    03/23/2016 4:44:46 PM PDT · by McGruff · 58 replies
    BREITBART ^ | March 23, 2016 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Robert Jeffress, pastor of the 12,000 member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, is rebuking talk radio host Glenn Beck for his recent criticism of evangelical Christians who live in the South and are not supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% s campaign to secure the Republican Presidential nomination. All throughout the South the Evangelicals are not listening to their God, Beck said at a rally in Utah on Monday. Becks wacko comment speaks for itself, Jeffress tells Breitbart News. However, by using the phrase their God to refer to the God we evangelical Christians worship, Beck is finally admitting...
  • Phyllis Schlafly: 'Donald Trump Has Spoken To The Heart Of America'

    03/22/2016 3:15:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 28 replies
    Right Wing Watch ^ | 3/22/2016 12:05 pm
    Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly has been one of Donald Trumps most vocal supporters, much to the dismay of her fellow Eagle Forum activists who have rallied behind Ted Cruz. However, Schlafly stood by her position in an interview with WorldNetDaily today, even mocking the Cruz campaigns failure to win support from a plurality of evangelical Republican voters in many of the early primary states: The amazing thing is, Cruz based his campaign on courting the evangelicals, and even the evangelicals voted for Trump! Trump has got the energy to punch the kingmakers in the nose and take the selection...
  • Obama Supreme Court Nominee Rejected Evangelical Religious Freedom Defense in 2001

    03/18/2016 2:09:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/18/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court once joined an opinion that rejected an evangelical Christian defense based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was recently tapped by President Obama as a nominee to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. In a case decided in June 2001, Judge Garland joined an opinion authored by fellow appellate judge A. Raymond Randolph that rejected a RFRA argument for a pair of evangelical Christians who wanted to...
  • The Subversion Of American Evangelicals

    03/09/2016 3:55:55 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | March 9, 2016 | Caroline Glick
    Monday the Bethlehem Bible College, an Evangelical Christian college in Jesuss hometown, opened its fourth biennial Christ at the Checkpoint conference. The conference, which is directed specifically toward US Evangelicals, will run through the week.
  • No, Donald Trump Doesn't Have Majority Support Among Evangelical

    03/07/2016 8:50:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/07/2016 | Anugtah Kumar
    Donald Trump does not have a the support of most evangelical voters. It's a myth that falls flat on its face when one looks at Super Tuesday exit polls in the Southern states, a political scientist concluded. Trump's message is clear, wrote Charles Krauthammer, a Washington Post columnist, describing the Republican presidential frontrunner and billionaire businessman thus: "I may not be one of you. I can't recite or even correctly cite Scripture. But I will patrol the borders of Christendom on your behalf. After all, who do you want out there a choir boy or a tough guy with...
  • Minister Endorses Trump: 'Not a Bought Man'

    03/06/2016 4:56:10 AM PST · by CreviceTool · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | March 6, 2016 | Lourdes Garcia-Navarro
    LINZEY: He's a businessman. When he becomes president, he's going to have nothing to do with his business. It's going to go into a blind trust and all that. But as a businessman, there are things you do for business. And that is separate from running for president of the United States. And I'd like to take Mitt Romney to task because he's violated the moral tenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he violated the Mormon rule of doing unto others what you would have others do unto you. And what he did to Trump...
  • Jerry Falwell Jr.s Trump endorsement draws objections from his late fathers confidant

    03/01/2016 2:20:45 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 41 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2016 | Phillip Rucker
    This story has been updated. It was one of Donald Trumps first powerful endorsements: Jerry Falwell Jr., who testified for many evangelical Christians that despite leading a life of excess, the thrice-married, trash-talking mogul was indeed a God-fearing president-in-waiting. But Falwells plunge into presidential politics did not sit so well with intimates of his late father, Jerry Falwell Sr., nor with some at Liberty University, the Christian college in Virginia founded by the elder Falwell and now led by his son. Mark DeMoss, who for many years served as chief of staff to Falwell Sr. and considered the televangelist a...
  • What Kind of Evangelicals Are Backing Donald Trump?

    02/25/2016 8:51:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 142 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 24, 2016 | Tyler O'Neil
    Tuesday night's Nevada Republican caucuses had some very bad news for Ted Cruz. Cruz, who rode a wave of white evangelical support to victory in Iowa, lost badly to real estate tycoon Donald J. Trump, even among evangelicals, and by larger margins than he lost by in New Hampshire and South Carolina. Pundits struggle to explain why self-described evangelicals support a man who cannot recall ever asking God for forgiveness, has had three wives, has boasted about sleeping around, and can't tell a communion plate from an offering basket. National Review's J.D. Vance has perhaps the best explanation for this...
  • Donald Trump’s Evangelical Standing Ovation

    02/25/2016 8:42:17 AM PST · by Obadiah · 133 replies
    CBN News Blogs - The Brody File ^ | 2/25/16 | David Brody
    Donald Trump continues to amaze. Wednesday afternoon, he strode onto the Regent University stage (an influential Christian University) and received a prolonged standing ovation from the evangelical audience. He went on to speak eloquently about the importance of family (he even brought out his two sons who spoke highly of him), nominating pro-life judges, defending Israel, etc. After hearing what he had to say, he left over an hour later to another standing ovation. I saw it with my own two eyes. I was there as the moderator of this presidential forum. After seeing those evangelicals rise to their feet,...
  • Trump Courts Evangelical Vote at Regent University

    02/24/2016 5:39:14 PM PST · by austinaero · 23 replies
    CBN News ^ | 02-24-16 | Not listed
    PAT ROBERTSON TELLS TRUMP 'YOU INSPIRE US ALL'...
  • Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump and Evangelicals

    Like the Blind Leading the Blind: Donald Trump and Evangelicals This morning, like most mornings now, I found myself reading an article on Donald Trump’s candidacy. Everyday I ask myself the question, “How can so many American Evangelicals support such an openly narcissistic, power driven man?” Sarah Palin endorsed him, Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, endorsed him,[1] and not too long ago, a poll was released that showed that Evangelical Christians as a whole are gravitating to Trump.[2] But, this article I read today gave me a much needed answer as to why Americans and specifically republican...
  • Why Evangelicals Are Born Again for Donald Trump

    02/23/2016 9:38:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | February 23, 2016 | Ben Domenech
    Southern evangelicals are the types of voters that Donald Trump was supposed to find problematic. Their deep faith, their conservative ideology, and their polite sensibilities were all supposed to turn them off to the brash New Yorker’s bluster. And yet in South Carolina, Trump found significant success with this cohort, taking nearly a third of evangelical voters and significantly undermining what was supposed to be a firewall for Ted Cruz. Today, many political observers are asking: What gives? Why are southern evangelicals pro-Trump? Isn’t this a yuge break from their voting pattern?
  • Scarborough: Cruz Campaign 'Over!'

    02/23/2016 6:56:13 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mark it down, said Joe Scarborough. Okay, done. On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough repeatedly, emphatically, declared that Ted Cruz's campaign is "over." The campaign ended, said Scarborough, when Cruz lost evangelicals in South Carolina to Trump, despite the Donald's praise of Planned Parenthood. Scarborough let it be known that he would have voted for Jeb Bush, and also admires John Kasich. But with Jeb gone, Joe wants to clear the field of both Kasich and Cruz to set up a one-on-one between Rubio and Trump. Given the criticism of Scarborough for what some of us saw as bias against Rubio,...
  • Christian Broadcaster David Brody on Trump’s Win: Evangelicals Are Tired of Being Political Pawns

    02/21/2016 9:47:57 AM PST · by Marie · 40 replies
    gatewaypundit ^ | 2/21/2016 | Jim Hoft
    Brody explained that evangelical voters are tired of being "political pawns" of the GOP and having nothing to show for it. Via The Brody File at Christian Broadcasting Network: For months and months, Donald Trump has been exclaiming, "The evangelicals love me and I love them." Well folks, tonight that love affair paved his way to victory in the all-important South Carolina Primary. 72% of the voters in South Carolina Saturday night with evangelical. Trump won 33 percent, of them. Ted Cruz won 27 percent, and Rubio won 22 percent. So let's not kid ourselves here: Donald Trump is on...
  • Evangelicals rip draft registration for women

    02/20/2016 2:51:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 19, 2016 | Aysha Khan
    Key evangelical leaders are staunchly opposing a proposal to register women for the military draft, saying it would weaken America's military readiness and is at odds with traditional male-female relationships. "A nation relying on female combatants is a nation that has been brought to its knees by political correctness," said Andrew Walker of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Recently in Congress, Army and Marine Corps leaders testified in favor of registering women for the Selective Service. "Not only Evangelicals, but also Catholics and Christian pacifists should speak out," Chelsen Vicari of the Institute on Religion and...
  • Will These 300 Evangelical Nods Help Ted Cruz Gain Momentum?

    02/18/2016 2:20:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 18, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    For Christians, the stakes couldn't possibly be higher in the 2016 elections, and presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believes he can be the leader the nation needs to help turn things around. To do that, though, he knows he needs the support of a broad coalition--the former "Reagan Coalition"--of which evangelical voters make up a big voting bloc. And, as a result, his campaign has aggressively courted evangelical voters in South Carolina. "I believe we need to reassemble the Reagan coalition, to unite conservatives and libertarians and evangelicals and women and young people and Hispanics and blue collar...
  • James Dobson Hits Trump, Rubio in New TV Ad for Ted Cruz

    02/18/2016 8:07:30 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 169 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/17/15
    Evangelical broadcaster James Dobson Wednesday praised Ted Cruz's bid for the Republican presidential nomination, saying in a new television ad that the Texas senator is critical to naming more conservatives to the Supreme Court. "With Justice Scalia's death, we need a president who will defend the Constitution and nominate conservatives to the high court," Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, said in endorsing Cruz as a private citizen. "I know Ted," Dobson said. "He's a Christian family man of the utmost integrity."
  • Evangelicals Are Not the Boogeyman

    02/16/2016 11:00:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2016 | David Limbaugh
    I realize that as an evangelical Christian I have a dog in this fight, but I want to say a few words about evangelicals and the unfortunate effort afoot to make them the political boogeyman. There are so many misconceptions about "evangelicals" -- from the definition of the word to the intentions of the people themselves -- but the most damaging myth is that we evangelicals seek a theocracy for the United States of America, which couldn't be further from the truth. I'll get back to that, but first a little background. Recently I've had several people ask me what...
  • MSNBC's Reid Suggests Cruz Would Establish Evangelical 'National Church'

    02/13/2016 9:15:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Liberals love to "find" things in the Constitution that simply aren't there. The most egregious example is the right to abortion that the Supreme Court claimed to discover in Roe v. Wade. Another liberal myth is that the Constitution provides for the "separation of church and state." MSNBC's Joy Reid today told the Rev. Mike Gonzalez, head of Ted Cruz's evangelical movement in South Carolina, that "separation of church and state is not a myth, it's a constitutional fact." What's worse, Reid alleged that as president, Cruz would "ignore" the part of the Constitution prohibiting the establishment of a national...
  • Donald Trump Defends Repeating Supporter’s Claim Ted Cruz Is a ‘Pussy’ (Video)

    02/09/2016 10:44:15 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 167 replies
    The Wrap ^ | February 9, 2016 | Greg Gilman
    "Every once in a while you can have a little fun, don't you think?" the GOP presidential candidate says on Fox News Donald Trump says his decision to repeat a supporter's claim at a recent rally that Ted Cruz is "a pussy" was all in good fun...
  • Why did Trump underperform in Iowa?

    02/02/2016 11:36:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 103 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 2, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Conventional wisdom is congealing around two key factors in Trump’s loss this morning, so let me offer them to you as I think there’s merit to both. The main factor: Evangelicals came through for Cruz in the crunch. Political sites have been filled with news over the past few weeks about Trump’s surprising strength with born-again Christians, particularly given how intensely Cruz was courting those same voters. A guy who doesn’t know if he’s ever asked God’s forgiveness and who’s regularly demonstrated his unfamiliarity with Christian practices during this campaign shouldn’t be competitive with an evangelical candidate with dozens of...
  • Ted Cruz Makes Last Appeal For Iowa Evangelicals

    02/01/2016 3:49:31 AM PST · by Biggirl · 43 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 1, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is citing the Bible in his final push for votes before Monday’s Iowa caucus. Cruz’s stump speech is by far the most religious one of all the Republican candidates, in which he tells his supporters to pray “each and every day” until the November election.
  • If Evangelical Voters Take Their Religion Seriously, Ted Cruz Will Be The Republican Nominee

    01/25/2016 3:04:15 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 136 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Michael van der Galien
    Gary Bauer, one of America's leading pro-life and pro-family activists, endorsed Ted Cruz on Friday. In doing so, Bauer became one of many evangelical Christian leaders who have thrown their support behind the senator from Texas. Bauer explained: "Ted Cruz is a courageous conservative who has built a consistent record on the issues that matter most. He has fought for religious liberty at home and abroad. He believes all of our children should be welcomed into the world and protected by the law. Ted knows that government is too big and that taxes and regulations are too high. He will...
  • Why the March for Life is becoming a destination for more evangelicals

    01/22/2016 6:42:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    washingtonpost.com/ ^ | January 21, 2016 | Michelle Boorstein
    Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family, one of the country’s biggest and best-known evangelical organizations, a group that considers opposing abortion one of its very top values. Yet Friday will be the first time Daly has come to Washington for the huge March for Life, the country’s biggest antiabortion event each year. March attendees are always overwhelmingly Catholic, but this year an influx of evangelicals will be joining them on the Mall. Daly co-sponsored the brand-new Evangelicals for Life event, held Thursday and Friday, part of an effort to refocus a generation of young Christian conservatives who...
  • The Religion of Trump - Will evangelicals balk at pulling the lever for him?

    01/19/2016 10:48:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 128 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 25, 2016 | TERRY EASTLAND
    The Constitution provides that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." But, as Gary Scott Smith of Grove City College writes in his new book, Religion in the Oval Office, "Throughout American history many citizens have viewed strong faith as an asset, if not a requirement, for politicians, especially presidents." The biography of faith, such as it is, of the Republican presidential candidate who has led the polls for six months starts with First Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, Queens. That is the church Donald Trump's parents attended...
  • Evangelicals See Donald Trump as Man of Conviction, if Not Faith

    01/18/2016 4:12:06 PM PST · by mandaladon · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | MAGGIE HABERMAN and THOMAS KAPLAN
    Buford Arning, a retired building-supply executive in Statesville, N.C., went to church each week until a pinched nerve made it hard for him to leave his house. He believes in living a faith-filled life. But he does not demand piety of his preferred presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump. “Am I a Bible toter that gets out and preaches on the side of the street and tries to convert everybody? No,” said Mr. Arning, 62, who calls himself an evangelical voter. He said he believed that Mr. Trump was “a Christian man,” and that was good enough. Mr. Trump may not...
  • Donald Trump Receives Hero’s Welcome at Liberty University

    01/18/2016 2:15:34 PM PST · by Red Steel · 54 replies
    Time ^ | January 18, 2016, 12:31pm ET | Tessa Berenson
    It's become a truism this election season that whatever you expect to happen with Donald Trump, you're probably wrong. So add this to the list of surprises: On Monday, the thrice-married Republican frontrunner, who described himself as pro-choice as recently as 2000, traveled to the heart of conservative evangelism only to be greeted as a conquering hero. Trump spoke at the Liberty University convocation on Martin Luther King Day. Liberty is the largest Christian university in the world... So one might have expected that Trump, who declined to name his favorite Bible verse on the campaign trail, would have received...
  • Evangelical leader blasts Falwell for hosting Trump

    01/18/2016 11:48:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 234 replies
    Politico | January 18, 2016 | Blake Hounshell
    One of the United States' most influential evangelical leaders blasted Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. on Monday for hosting Donald Trump to give a campaign speech. Russell Moore, who heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, let fly a series of tweets after Falwell gave a glowing introduction to Trump, calling him "one of the greatest visionaries of our time" and saying Trump "lives a life of helping others ... as Jesus taught in the New Testament." Moore appeared incredulous at Falwell's language, which was more effusive than he had...
  • Cruz for President Announces Endorsement of Pastor Paul Blair

    01/14/2016 8:12:35 AM PST · by Isara · 22 replies
    Cruz News ^ | January 13, 2016
    Evangelical Influencer Supports Cruz for PresidentHOUSTON, Texas – Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsement of Paul Blair, President of Reclaiming America for Christ and the pastor of Fairview Baptist Church.Blair was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, and spent five years in the NFL. Since 2001, he has served as the Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. Pastor Blair speaks around the United States on the topics of Christian apologetics, a biblical worldview, Islam, and the nation's Christian heritage. He is also a member of the Council for National Policy.Pastor Blair was named Oklahoma's Pastor of the...
  • Ted Cruz Has Evangelicals Locked Up, and Rubio Is Betting Everything That It Won’t Matter

    01/12/2016 2:59:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/12/2016 | Eliana Johnson
    Marco Rubio is widely considered one of the most talented communicators in the Republican party, but he hasn't won the hearts of the Evangelical voters who dominate the Iowa caucuses and the South Carolina primary. Ironically, many say it's in part his relative restraint when it comes to talking about matters of faith -- a contrast with the loud, proud declarations more typical of the country's Evangelical denominations -- that has prevented him from making greater inroads with one of the party's most important constituencies. That, of course, is a stark contrast with Rubio's biggest rival, Ted Cruz, the son...
  • Donald Trump’s transparent, misguided questioning of Ted Cruz’s religion

    01/02/2016 7:30:04 AM PST · by Isara · 190 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2016 | Janell Ross
    ...This is precisely what Donald Trump, national GOP front-runner but second place in Iowa, told an Iowa crowd this week while stumping for votes. Just remember this -- you gotta remember, in all fairness, to the best of my knowledge, not too many evangelicals come out of Cuba, okay? Just remember that ... just remember. ...We will not dedicate time, space or energy to parsing those words in ways that might offer some alternative meaning than the one most evident and likely, which would be this: Donald Trump thought it would advance his political aims if voters in Iowa were...
  • Ted Cruz to His Supporters: 'Strap on the Full Armor of God, Attacks Are Coming'

    01/02/2016 2:39:19 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 264 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01-01-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Ted Cruz isn't only surging in the polls -- he's now in second place nationally and leads in Iowa -- he is also raising a truckload of money. In the last quarter of 2015 alone the Republican presidential candidate received almost $20 million from his supporters. Not bad for a grassroots candidate who's despised and hated by his own party's leadership team. Small wonder then that Cruz bragged about these results during a phone call with supporters, adding that he's confident he'll be the Republican nominee -- soon: "There’s a very good possibility that the Republican primary will be decided...
  • Ted Cruz Gets Biblical as He Rallies Campaign for 2016: ‘We’re Winning and It Terrifies Them’

    01/01/2016 8:32:30 AM PST · by Isara · 70 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | January 1, 2016 | Justin Green
    Sen. Ted Cruz enjoyed a banner end to 2015, building a strong argument for being the top movement conservative in the Republican presidential race.But on New Year’s Eve, he was looking ahead to future battles. The Texas Republican told a conference call for 56,817 of his volunteers, according to The Blaze: We're winning right now. And as a result, I want to tell everyone: Get ready. Strap on the full armor of God. Get ready for the attacks that are coming." He added a warning: "We ain't seen nothing yet. ... In the month of January, we are going to...
  • Mike Huckabee's Selfish Evangelical Campaign

    01/01/2016 10:17:18 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 36 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 1/1/2016 | Amanda Carpenter
    Back in 2008 on the day of the Iowa caucus, when I was reporting on my first election for Townhall.com, I happened to be grabbing lunch in the same hole-in-the-wall restaurant as then-Huckabee National Campaign Advisor Ed Rollins. He sat in the cafe loudly trash talking the Romney campaign to any reporter he could call on his cell phone. Expletives and insults flew. Anyone sitting in the eatery could hear him. I, stunned any known operative would be so foolish to speak in such a way in a public place, wrote it up as an item. These are the same...
  • Candidate Ted Cruz Backed by Prominent Black Pastor E.W. Jackson: 'His Faith is Authentic'

    12/31/2015 5:46:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Gospel Herald Society ^ | December 31, 2015 | Leah Marieann Klett
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has received the endorsement of another prominent evangelical leader: Bishop E.W. Jackson, one of Virginia's most well-known African-American pastors, has backed the Texas Senator, citing his "authentic faith in Jesus Christ." According to a report from Conservative HQ Jackson, who is the senior pastor of Fall Church in Chesapeake, Virginia, explained his decision in a statement: "It is absolutely essential and urgent that we elect a Godly President who reveres our Constitution, honors our Judeo-Christian values and respects the freedom of the American people. After eight years of 'fundamental transformation,' we need a leader who...
  • 'Super Pacs' Supporting Ted Cruz Plan $1 Million Advertising Buy

    12/31/2015 3:32:12 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 100 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/31/2015 | Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin
    A string of allied “super PACs” supporting the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is planning a $1 million television, digital and radio advertising buy in the early voting states, with the heaviest spending in Iowa, a spokeswoman for the group said. The super PACs, both collectively and individually called Keep the Promise, are flush with cash, and this spending is the biggest investment in television advertising that any of them have made this year. The ad buy includes television advertising in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. By midday Thursday, $700,000 was reserved for television time...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Tells Volunteers: We Can Win ‘If We Awaken And Energize The Body Of Christ”

    12/31/2015 2:23:34 PM PST · by springwater13 · 131 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tells his volunteers about the need to energize and mobilize Christians. "If we awaken and energize the body of Christ - if Christians and people of faith come out and vote our values - we will win and we will turn the country around," Cruz told volunteers on a conference call Tuesday. Cruz also said that he is organizing a coalition of pastors in early states including Iowa and South Carolina. "We're working to have a lead pastor in each of the 99 counties in Iowa, 99 pastors are organizing other pastors," Cruz said. "We're doing...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Supporters to ‘Strap on the Full Armor of God’ for Expected Campaign Attacks:...

    12/31/2015 12:10:12 PM PST · by Isara · 49 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 31, 2015 | Leigh Munsil
    Ted Cruz Tells Supporters to 'Strap on the Full Armor of God' for Expected Campaign Attacks: 'We Ain't Seen Nothing Yet' Ted Cruz told presidential campaign supporters on a New Year's Eve phone call that the next 90 days could decide the election - and he warned them to prepare for an onslaught of attacks due to his recent surge in the polls."We're now in the final sprint," the Texas Republican senator said. "We're winning right now. And as a result, I want to tell everyone: Get ready. Strap on the full armor of God. Get ready for the attacks...