The historic Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York where leading 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he is a member, said Friday that the billionaire real estate mogul is not an active member.
"I am Presbyterian Protestant. I go to Marble Collegiate Church," Trump reportedly told reporters in Greenville, South Carolina Thursday according to CNN.
Marble Collegiate Church is not a Presbyterian denomination, however, but part of the Reformed Church in America. more >>
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards admitted to Congress on Thursday that a Planned Parenthood clinic involved in fetal tissue research currently sells aborted baby body parts for $60 per baby, which critics say far exceeds what is allowed by law for reimbursement costs.
Planned Parenthood also released a report on the series of undercover videos appearing to show Planned Parenthood's involvement in the illegal harvesting and selling of aborted baby parts. The report, paid for by Planned Parenthood and from a liberal research group that has conducted opposition research for the Democratic Party, claims the videos falsely represent Planned Parenthood.
In a letter sent to congressional leaders addressing the recent undercover video series produced by the Center for Medical Progress that attempts to expose legal violations within the the abortion giant's fetal tissue reimbursement practices, Richards claimed that CMP's videos are nothing more than a "smear" campaign and asserted that her organization has violated no laws. more >>
Martin O'Malley has struggled to command the same kind of attention given to Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the Democrat Presidential Primary. O'Malley, stuck in single digits in current polls, is a former a two-term governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore.
He has been critical of the Democrat Party for only scheduling six debates and has aggressively denounced Clinton for her email scandal and ties to Wall Street. While he endorsed Clinton over Barack Obama in 2008, he now tells Democrats "rallying around Clinton is a big mistake."
At a rally in Cleveland Thursday, Hillary Clinton upped the rhetoric on abortion, comparing pro-life Republicans to terrorist groups.
Clinton, who has been dogged for weeks by the story of using a personal email account and server to handle classified information, says she "takes it a little personal when they [Republicans] go after women."
"Now extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world, but it's a little hard to take them from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States," declared Clinton. more >>
In a question and answer session in Dubuque, Iowa, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said, "I love the Bible. I'm a Protestant. I'm a Presbyterian. I went to Sunday school."
He went on to identify New York's Marble Collegiate Church as the place where his religious identity was formed under the teachings of Norman Vincent Peale. The famous author of The Power of Positive Thinking so captivated the young Trump that, Trump said, "you hated to leave church."
Peale was very much the Joel Osteen of his day, which may be why Trump sees his stock rising among a sector of American Evangelicalism. more >>
WASHINGTON — Prominent black pastors and pro-life activists gathered in front of the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday to demand that the taxpayer-funded museum remove a bust of Planned Parenthood's white supremacist founder, Margaret Sanger, from the institution's "Struggle for Justice" exhibit.
After the National Portrait Gallery, which is run by the Smithsonian Institution, refused last week to take action on a letter sent by a coalition of 10 black pastors requesting the removal of Sanger's bust from the gallery, Bishop E.W. Jackson and the conservative group ForAmerica organized a rally Thursday morning to voice displeasure with the Gallery's decision to keep the bust.
Nearly 20 African-American pastors and pro-life advocates spoke at the rally and explained that Sanger, who established abortion organizations that eventually became the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, did not advocate for abortion and birth control because she wanted to help "disadvantaged women," but because it was her goal to use eugenics to eliminate what she considered people of "inferior races." more >>