Conservative culture warrior and possible 2016 Republican candidate for president, Rick Santorum surprisingly agreed with a controversial confession made by American sports-icon-turned-reality-star Bruce Jenner last month that he is "a woman."
"If he says he's a woman, then he's a woman," said Santorum, in response to a question from BuzzFeed News during a roundtable with reporters at the South Carolina Republican Party's convention.
"My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept everybody. Not to criticize people for who they are. I can criticize, and I do, for what people do, for their behavior. But as far as for who they are, you have to respect everybody, and these are obviously complex issues for businesses, for society. And I think we have to look at it in a way that is compassionate and respectful of everybody." more >>
Former Arkansas Governor and Southern Baptist minister Mike Huckabee announced his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election in a Tuesday morning speech given at the University of Arkansas Community College campus in Hope, Arkansas, the very town where he grew up.
"It was here where I became the first male in my entire family lineage to graduate from high school at the very same campus that stands today right down on main street. It was from here that I went on to college at Ouachita Baptist University. It was also from here that I first ran for elected office when I ran for student council at Hope Junior High School," Huckabee explained. "So it seems fitting that it would be here that I announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America."
The 59-year-old Republican also ran for president in 2008 as a relatively unknown candidate and surprisingly won the influential Iowa Caucus and seven other state primary elections before dropping out of the race in March 2008, conceding the nomination to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. more >>
Ending months of speculation, Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and a Baptist minister, will formally announce his candidacy for president today, joining a quickly growing field of GOP candidates. With his entry, the Republican field is shaping up to be the year of the Christian conservative presidential candidate — perhaps reflecting a backlash against the Obama years, which many have perceived as hostile to conservative Christianity.
The Washington Post describes him as arguably "the most underrated candidate in the race." Unlike most of the other candidates, Huckabee has experience running for president. He won the Iowa Caucuses in 2008 and obtained valuable experience in the primary debates. Becoming the governor of Arkansas shortly after Bill Clinton, he knows how to deal with the Clinton machine and take on Hillary. The Post notes that he is the only Southern populist in the race, and is not seen as a Washington insider, since he has never worked in D.C.
Huckabee ran strongly but unsuccessfully for president in 2008, and did not run in 2012, instead keeping busy with his TV, radio shows and books. He dropped his radio show at the end of 2013, and his FOX News TV show exactly a year later, indications he was contemplating a presidential run. more >>
A Catholic nun from Iraq who suffered persecution at the hands of ISIS and sought to share her testimony in Washington D.C. this month was denied entry into the United States because government officials felt she would attempt to stay in the country illegally.
The nun, Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine, was reportedly denied a visa because U.S. officials concluded that she would attempt to stay in the country permanently and illegally, according to a report in the National Review by Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C.
Shea obtained Momeka's letter of rejection from the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, which stated the nun was considered an IDP or "Internally Displaced Person" defined as someone forced to leave their home that remains within their country's borders. more >>
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has spent over two and-a-half years in an Iranian prison for his Christian faith, is marking on Thursday his 35th birthday by urging believers to pray for America's revival. The pastor noted in a letter that his birthday this year falls on the National Day of Prayer in the United States.
"As an American and as a prisoner for Christ, I have spent many hours praying and crying out to God for revival for this great nation. We all hope for the success of our nation and for America to be blessed, but without revival there can be no true success or blessing. As Ezra's cried out to God in repentance and the Israelites joined him in weeping bitterly and turning from their sin, I would like to ask you to join me in repenting and praying for revival," Abedini' letter begins.
The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, and the couple's two children in Boise, Idaho, said that the letter was obtained from a family member in Iran who visited the pastor in prison last week. more >>
The first woman to oversee a Fortune 100 company has announced that she will be running to become the first female president of the United States.
Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and once named the most powerful woman in business by Fortune, made her announcement Monday.
In a YouTube video posted Monday morning, Fiorina is shown watching Hillary Clinton's campaign announcement before turning it off and discussing her own candidacy. more >>