More than nine in 10 Americans say they would vote for a qualified presidential candidate who is Catholic, a woman, black, Hispanic or Jewish, and over 70 percent say they would accept a candidate who is Mormon, gay or lesbian, or an evangelical Christian. But acceptance of a candidate who is Muslim, an atheist, or a socialist ranks the lowest, according to a recent Gallup poll.
The Gallup poll inquired about the acceptability of presidential candidates from 11 backgrounds, including women, gays and lesbians, evangelical Christians, Muslims, atheists and socialists.
Ninety-three percent of Americans said if their party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be Catholic, they would vote for that person, says the nationwide poll conducted June 2-7 among 1,527 individuals aged 18 and older. more >>
Donald Trump says he's not sure if he's asked God for forgiveness, at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, which led some to question the sincerity of his alleged Christian faith.
Moderator Frank Luntz asked Trump on Saturday if he had ever sought God's forgiveness and Trump replied, "I'm not sure I have ever asked God's forgiveness. I don't bring God into that picture."
Trump clarified further about forgiveness in the church setting saying, "When I go to church and when I drink my little wine and have my little cracker, I guess that is a form of forgiveness. I do that as often as I can because I feel cleansed. I say let's go on and let's make it right," declared Trump. more >>
Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee preached a sermon on racial reconciliation Sunday at a black church in rural South Carolina.
A Baptist minister by background, Huckabee delivered remarks at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
The outspoken son of the Reverend Billy Graham has called on the federal government to defund Planned Parenthood following the release of an undercover video showing an employee of the abortion provider discussing the sale of fetal body parts.
Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, argued in a Facebook post Sunday morning that the 60 million who have been aborted would likely agree that Planned Parenthood should be defunded if they were alive today.
"If the nearly 60 million human beings who have been legally aborted in this country since Roe vs. Wade were here to vote, I'm pretty sure they'd say to pull the plug on any and all government funding of Planned Parenthood immediately," wrote Rev. Graham. more >>
Two GOP presidential candidates, former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, have weighed in on the Boy Scouts of America's vote last week to remove the long-standing ban on gay leaders in troops. While Perry said the ban should have stood, Walker argued the troops should decide for themselves.
"I believe that Scouting would be better off if they didn't have openly gay scoutmasters," Perry, who is an Eagle Scout along with Walker, told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.
Earlier in July, the BSA executive committee voted unanimously to remove the blanket ban, but said that individual scout troops will be allowed to set their own policy on whether to allow gay leaders or not. The change in policy will also allow church-sponsored troops to keep the ban, if they wish. more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump said he will not be apologizing to Arizona Senator John McCain despite suggesting that he is not a war hero "because he was captured" and spent five years as a prisoner of war. Trumps' comments have stirred outrage across the Republican field, while McCain's daughter Meghan has expressed her "disgust" at the claim.
Trump told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that he has no intentions of pulling out of the race despite his controversial comments made on Saturday during a campaign event in Iowa.
"When I left the room, it was a total standing ovation," the billionaire business man claimed. "It was wonderful to see. Nobody was insulted." more >>