Ten Republican presidential candidates spoke about their faith and how they care for issues such as marriage, religious freedom and defeating Islamist terrorism as they addressed a big annual gathering of evangelical voters at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa Saturday.
The candidates spoke to the crowd and faced questions from the moderator, Frank Luntz, a political consultant and Fox News contributor, and the audience, with a Bible placed on the table next to them.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the first presidential candidate to address the annual event, picked up the Bible and read from Luke 12:48: "… From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." more >>
A few months into his imprisonment in Iran three years ago, pastor Saeed Abedini had a dream that he was out of prison celebrating his daughter Rebecca's 9th birthday. Rebecca turns 9 "in a few months," according to his wife, Naghmeh Abedini, and she is now looking to God to move on behalf of her husband.
"He (Saeed) hopes that he will be here for Rebecca's 9th birthday. He mentioned to his father that the first few months of his imprisonment he'd been in solitary and he had a dream that he was here when Rebecca was not much older. He thought she was maybe 9. He had a dream about that and he's really hoping that he would be here before she turns 9. If he misses her 9th birthday, he would have missed four birthdays, pretty much half my kids' lifetime," said Naghmeh Abedini in a CBN news interview Thursday.
On Wednesday Naghmeh expressed her disappointment at the news that her husband and three other Americans would not be released as a part of President Barack Obama's much criticized nuclear deal with Iran, but publicly noted that it "makes sense." more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump called out President Barack Obama for his refusal to say "Islamic terrorism" in reference to the shooting Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which left four people dead. Trump suggested that given the security concerns that America is facing, the time for political correctness is over.
"It's going to get worse in our country and we better start fighting a lot tougher than we're fighting right now," Trump told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly in an interview. "If we're going to fight elements that are causing tremendous problems ... at least we have to start maybe being not so politically correct."
A 24-year-old suspect identified as Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez is believed to have carried out the attack on two military sites in Chattanooga, killing four Marines and wounding three other people before being shot dead by police. more >>
After a federal appeals court ruled this week that four Christian colleges in Oklahoma and a group of nuns will have to abide by an Obamacare contraception mandate that they say violate their institutions' biblical beliefs, former U.S. Solicitor General Ken Starr explained Thursday that the court loss can be blamed on the organization's lawyers not building strong enough cases.
The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a U.S. District Court ruling that temporarily exempted Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Mid-America Christian University from having to comply with an Affordable Care Act mandate requiring the Christian schools' health insurance providers to offer free birth control drugs that could induce an abortion to its employees.
The court's decision came in one mass-encompassing opinion that also affected the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Colorado nuns who serve the elderly, and a handful of other religious organizations. more >>
Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the 24-year-old gunman who killed four U.S. Marines in an attack on two military sites in Chattanooga on Thursday, has been identified as a naturalized American born in Kuwait. Abdulazeez was also a practicing Muslim who reportedly blogged about Islam. The FBI, which is investigating the attack, has said that so far there they have not established a link with terrorism.
"While it would be premature to speculate on the motives of the shooter at this time, we will conduct a thorough investigation of this tragedy and provide updates as they are available," an FBI official, who wasn't named, told Fox News after the attack.
FBI special agent Ed Reinhold said in a separate statement that "We are looking at every possible avenue, whether it was terrorism — whether it was domestic, international — or whether it was a simple, criminal act." more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini, one of the four Americans imprisoned in Iran, said in a letter that he feels threatened and targeted following the announcement of the nuclear deal between the United States and the Islamic Republic earlier this week.
"I want you to know that as I wrote the thank you letter to President [Barack] Obama after he had visited my family in January of this year (which he read at the national prayer breakfast), that God is in control of all countries and leadership in the world when the body of Christ comes together in united prayer. He is in control and He is the One who beautifully writes the history over all governments, presidents, and any P5+1 negotiating team," the pastor said in a letter.
"We are all looking for a safer, more friendly world and because of this desire many of us are happy and others un-happy about the deal. Please join me in using these emotions that have been awakened to give fervor to united prayer for God's chosen people, America, and for the whole world." more >>