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  • 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 Santorum’s 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 country’s 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 America’s religious landscape. According to a new Pew study, they’re succeeding better than many thought possible: "The number of Americans who don’t 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 Hillary’s 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 for…host of the new Muppets Show. He even announced that he didn’t 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, he’ll get a hefty amount of the evangelical vote even though there is a much more competitive field this time around. But if you think he’s 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 there’s 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 Huckabee’s announcement though, many have expressed worries he just isn’t the political heavyweight he once was — more importantly, they predict that Huckabee won’t be able to win the religious vote a second time around. The governor’s 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 couldn’t have predicted how it would permanently alter America’s political landscape. Just six years later, it’s 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 Party’s 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 we’re going to play the decisive role in the general election in 2016.” Cruz resonates with evangelicals but so do quite a few other candidates so it’s going to be an all-out “holy war” during GOP Primary season. This interview was done at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition near Des Moines this past weekend.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)David Brody, “...
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa (Has people from ALL previous recent GOP campaigns!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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