Although data from earlier this summer suggested that businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was the leading candidate among Evangelical voters, newer data suggests that Trump is struggling to pick up the support of churchgoers, who are signaling a strong backing for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.
In an attempt to debunk the widely reported notion that Trump is a leading candidate to receive the votes of Evangelicals in the Republican primary because of his anti-establishment rhetoric, the editor-in-chief of Gallup polling, Frank Newport, recently wrote on new data compiled by his company that he feels better represents Trump's standing with the "highly religious."
The new Gallup survey, which was conducted during a time spanning from Aug. 1 through Sept. 8, measures the net favorability of each Republican candidate by religiosity, and finds Trump to be toward the bottom of the pack when it comes to support from the very religious. more >>
As the presidential primary season begins, candidates are looking for ways to stand out. Competing for the harshest rhetoric on immigration seems, sadly, to have become the preferred strategy for several candidates.
After Donald Trump dominated media attention with his immigration policy proposal — calling for mass deportation of all undocumented immigrants, a border wall to be paid for by the Mexican government, a moratorium on legal migration of immigrant workers, and an end to the 14th Amendment's provision of birthright citizenship — several other candidates have attempted to join him in the spotlight by announcing that they, too, support elements of this plan.
We believe candidates who seek to advance their campaigns by denigrating immigrants and proposing unworkable policies are making a grave mistake, both morally and politically. more >>
The Family Research Council will honor Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed six days for being in contempt of federal court after refusing to issue marriage licenses due to her biblical opposition to same-sex marriage, as the recipient of this year's "Cost of Discipleship Award" later this month.
FRC, a social conservative activist group, announced Monday that the 49-year-old Rowan County clerk will be honored with the award at the organization's 10th annual Values Voter Summit on Sept. 25 in Washington, D.C.
Davis follows in the footsteps of last year's award winner, Sudanese mother Mariam Ibraheem, who was sentenced to death on charges of apostasy for marrying a Christian man, and was forced to give birth while her legs were chained in a Khartoum prison. more >>
The Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has accused Bill Nye "the Science Guy" of promoting "the religion of naturalism" and seeking to "brainwash generations of kids" due to the release of his latest book focused on the dangers of climate change, titled Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.
"The more you read what Bill Nye is saying, the more you should realize he is on a mission to brainwash generations of kids in the religion of naturalism — which in reality is atheism," Ham says in his Answers in Genesis blog.
"Bill Nye has previously made alarming claims about climate change and the coming disastrous effects of it, and likely this book will perpetuate those alarmist ideas," he adds. more >>
Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders stressed the need for "common ground" on economic issues with his mostly non-like-minded audience at Liberty University.
Speaking as an honored guest at the Evangelical Christian private school's Monday morning convocation, Sanders mentioned that he and most of his audience strongly disagreed on hot-button issues like abortion and gay marriage.
"I came here today because I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse," said Sanders. more >>
The CEO of Office Depot has apologized to a Christian woman after an Illinois branch refused to print her pro-life flyers because the store claimed that printing them would violate the company's policy.
In August, Roman-Catholic Maria Goldstein went to the Office Depot in Schaumburg, Illinois, and asked an employee to print her 500 copies of a flyer she planned to distribute that listed facts about Planned Parenthood's government funding, excess revenue and lack of cancer screenings. The flyer also included a "Prayer for the Conversion of Planned Parenthood" and a link to the Center for Medical Progress' recent investigative Planned Parenthood videos.
The staff, however, told Goldstein they could not print the flyers because they deemed them be in direct violation of an Office Depot policy, and offered her the ability to use the store's self-serve copy machines, which she refused. more >>