The primetime GOP debate featuring nine candidates kicked off Tuesday with heavy focus on foreign policy and terrorism. There were plenty of aggressive exchanges, especially between Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio.
Several candidates repeatedly took shots at frontrunner Donald Trump, and Trump even complained during the debate that CNN was framing questions around things he said too often. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Trump also had several heated exchanges about leadership and the presidency.
Below are ten of the top highlights from Tuesday's debate: more >>
FBI surveillance of mosque sermons does not violate the free speech of Muslims, Republican presidential candidate and Baptist Pastor Mike Huckabee argued during CNN's Tuesday night Republican presidential undercard debate.
When addressed with a question on the legality behind mosque surveillance, the former Arkansas governor said it is preposterous to claim that any kind of surveillance of a mosque, church or "a public place" where people are invited to come and listen is a violation of the First Amendment.
"No, it does not violate their First Amendment rights to have someone go and listen to the sermons. You can go to any church in America, it's a public place, you can listen," Huckabee said. "If you go to my church you will probably get a real blessing and heck, it will be a wonderful experience. You go to some people's church, you might go to sleep. I don't know what happens in every church." more >>
Tuesday night's Republican debate will be the last gathering of the top-tier candidates for 2015.
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump opened up a commanding national lead in Monday's Monmouth University poll. Many polls show Sen. Ted Cruz surging in Iowa, and at least statistically tied with Trump in the state.
In some polls, Cruz is now challenging Trump nationally. Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Sunday, "Sen. Cruz has become the flavor du jour of the week." more >>
Calls to ban Muslims from America stem from "hatred and suspicion," the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said.
USCCB President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz said in a statement on Monday that Christians are called to respond to situations such as the ongoing refugee crisis with love, rather than with inflammatory rhetoric.
"Watching innocent lives taken and wondering whether the violence will reach our own families rightly stirs our deepest protective emotions. We must resist the hatred and suspicion that leads to policies of discrimination," Kurtz wrote. more >>
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of America's most prominent Muslim figures, slammed GOP Frontrunner Donald Trump as a terrorist while comparing his followers to ISIS recruits.
Abdul-Jabbar penned a column in Time Magazine where he attacked Trump for his rhetoric and declared "the Trump campaign meets the definition" of terrorism.
"'Go ahead and burn the Constitution — just don't hurt me at the mall.' That's how effective this terrorism is. I'm not talking about ISIS. I'm talking about Donald Trump," he wrote. more >>
A major new survey on religion and security opinions in America has found that almost twice as many respondents are willing to link Muslim extremists with Islam than Christian extremists with Christianity.
The December 2015 Public Religion Research Institute/ Religion News Survey also found that Americans are largely divided on whether Islamic values are at odds with American values – though admitting they know little about Muslims in the first place.
Thirty seven percent of those who participated in the poll said that they believe a person who commits an act of violence in the name of Islam is really a Muslim. At the same time, only 19 percent said the same if the person claims to be a Christian. more >>