Speaking on a conservative radio talk show on Monday, the father of 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz explained how God helped his son and the pastors of Houston fight back against Houston Mayor Annise Parker's subpoena of five pastors' sermons relating to the city's transgender bathroom ordinance.
In discussing how federal, state and local governments are continuing to infringe upon religious speech and expression related to traditional marriage, Rafael Cruz told conservative radio host Joe Miller that more pastors and clergy need to take a bold stand against governments' attempts to limit religious freedom and urged religious leaders to fight to protect their "inalienable" rights.
As an example of how effective the church can be in leading protests in the public square, Cruz mentioned how religious leaders in Houston gathered at First Baptist Church after Houston Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors who were at the forefront of leading the petition against the city's transgender bathroom ordinance last October. more >>
Here are 10 reactions to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's, R-Texas, Monday announcement at Liberty University that he is running for president.
These comments are from journalists and pundits from across the partisan and ideological spectrum and are in no particular order.
President Barack Obama has said that making voting in elections a mandatory obligation for Americans would be "potentially transformative" and possibly counteract the influence of money in elections. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday, however, that the president wasn't making a "specific policy prescription."
"If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country," Obama said in a speech on Wednesday in Cleveland, Ohio, according to The Associated Press. He added that universal voting would "counteract money more than anything," when talking on the subject of the influence of money in elections.
Obama said that the U.S. could follow Australia's model, where citizens are required to vote. more >>
Just a day after announcing his exploratory committee to decide whether or not to run for president in 2016, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized for saying on CNN Wednesday that being gay is "absolutely" a choice because some people become gay in prison.
"In a recent interview on CNN, I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues," Carson wrote on Facebook. "I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended."
In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, the 63-year-old conservative was asked whether he felt that homosexuals had control over their behavior and whether they have the "choice" to be gay. Carson responded twice saying "absolutely" and provided gay prisoners who went into prison as straight as an example. more >>
Pro-lifers are concerned about the commitment of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, to ending abortion.
In a "Fox News Sunday" interview, Walker said he was pro-life but sounded dipassionate about ending abortion if he were elected president.
During his reelection campaign, host Chris Wallace noted, Walker ran an ad calling abortion an "agonizing choice" and said he supported legislation that "leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor." more >>
Since some people go into prison straight and come out gay, homosexuality must be a choice, neurosurgeon and potential presidential candidate Ben Carson told CNN Wednesday.
"New Day" host Chris Cuomo agreed that prison makes some people gay, but disgreed that that fact supports Carson's view that gay is a choice.
Carson was responding to a line of questioning about gay marriage. Cuomo was implicitly making the argument, often heard by same-sex marriage supporters, that denying same-sex couples a marriage license is akin to racism, and that the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, written to give former slaves equal rights, requires the redefinition of marriage. more >>