National Harbor, Md. — Religious freedom is not being addressed in the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran over its nuclear capability, complained Naghmeh Abedini, an Iranian-American whose husband, Saeed Abedini, is imprisoned in Iran because of his Christian faith.
"What kind of message are we sending to the world when we continue to negotiate while Iran continues to abuse one of our own, an American pastor?" she asked. "What is our message to the world on religious freedom issues?"
Paraphrasing Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who died for his faith at the hands of the Nazis, she added, "silence in the face of evil is evil in itself." more >>
National Harbor, Md. — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll.
Paul won with 26 percent of the vote, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 21 percent. In third place was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (12 percent), followed by neurosurgeon Ben Carson (11 percent) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (8 percent).
CPAC is a yearly gathering of conservatives. The conference used to be held in Washington, D.C. but as the conference grew, it moved to National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington. The announcement of the straw poll results was the final presentation of the conference. more >>
An African-American group has joined other social conservative organizations in demanding that two Supreme Court justices who officiated gay weddings recuse themselves from a case pertaining to gay marriage legalization.
The Coalition of African-American Pastors has demanded that Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg recuse themselves from a case surrounding the legality of state-level gay marriage bans. Earlier this week, CAAP launched a petition in which signatories send a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts urging him to have Kagan and Ginsburg recuse themselves.
"For a case that promises to dramatically affect the future of family, religious freedom, and much more, there cannot be any question of political bias on the part of the judges involved," reads the petition. more >>
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — After a 15-minute speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum defended his freedom to act on his religious beliefs in the public square and asserted that a society that conforms to one set of secular ideas is a "dangerous thing."
After Santorum provided the audience with a heartfelt speech reasserting his desire to stabilize the economy, help the "little guy" and bomb ISIS back to the "seventh century," the 56-year-old was asked during a question-and-answer session how he would answer moderate Republicans who did not like the fact that he was a devout Roman Catholic.
Santorum, who ran in the Republican presidential primary in 2012, asserted that the Constitution protects his rights to act according to his faith in the public forum. more >>
National Harbor, Md. — Members of a panel on anti-abortion activism at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday afternoon believe that the current trend of political successes for the pro-life movement may influence the Democrat Party.
"Abortion-centered feminism is dead. I really believe that's true. Now it certainly could crawl back in the crevices of new elections and new conversations and new legislative battles," said Marjorie Dannenfelser of Susan B. Anthony List.
"If we stay on the track we're on, we will continue into the next election against Hillary Clinton potentially, with a very strong, emboldened pro-life, pro-woman course, only not just Republicans but in the Hispanic community and among Democrats," she predicted. more >>
Speaking at Westminster Theological Seminary's second-ever "Real State of the Union" conference last Saturday, three Christian scholars stressed to attendees that it is time for Christians to faithfully stand up in the public square and reclaim America's Judeo-Christian heritage from what has become a prominently secular society.
"I am calling on all believers to have a recommitment to the truth of Christ to speak the truth and love, to be who we are and to engage in justice by being committed to justice and seeing to it by speaking in the public square," Westminster Theological Seminary President Peter Lillback said. "We are not forcing ourselves into a place that we don't belong. This public square was created by this Judeo-Christian heritage that we are speaking about."
Lillback set the tone for the day-long conference, which was held at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs, Florida, with an event-opening speech providing a rundown of how America has transformed from a country that was discovered and founded on Christian values to a society that now largely mocks and ridicules Christians who act in accordance to their religious beliefs. more >>