Barack Obama announced he will make his first ever visit as president to a mosque on Wednesday, in order to celebrate American Muslims and reject bigotry in the country.
The White House affirmed that Obama will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB) with the aim to "celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life."
The statement added: "The president will hold a roundtable with community members and deliver remarks, where he will reiterate the importance of staying true to our core values — welcoming our fellow Americans, speaking out against bigotry, rejecting indifference, and protecting our nation's tradition of religious freedom." more >>
Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz emerged the winner from Monday night's Republican Iowa Caucuses, scoring a big upset over frontrunner Donald Trump in the nation's first presidential contest, while Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton ended the night essentially tied with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
As the first-in the-nation caucuses saw record turnouts and a Fox News entrance poll found that over 62 percent of participants in the Republican Caucuses were evangelical Christians, Cruz earned the most votes ever by a single candidate in the Iowa Caucuses — over 46,000.
"Let me first of all say, to God be the glory," Cruz told supporters in Iowa after his victory became apparent. "Tonight is a victory for the grassroots. Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and all across this great nation." more >>
More than half of white Evangelical voters now have a favorable view of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, up from just under 40 percent a few months ago according to a new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute.
Since November 2015, says the PRRI, "white evangelical Protestant voters have become more amiable towards Trump."
Some 53 percent of white evangelical Protestant voters express a favorable view of Trump today, up from 37 percent last November says the survey. Only about four in ten or 41 percent of white evangelical Protestant voters express a negative view of Trump at the moment. In November, some 56 percent of white evangelicals expressed a negative view of the real estate mogul. more >>
Just four percent of American pastors say that they are planning to vote for Republican billionaire Donald Trump for president.
The Nashville-based Christian research organization LifeWay conducted a survey to gauge how pastors are likely to vote in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. LifeWay researchers conducted phone interviews with over 1,000 senior pastors, priests and ministers from various Protestant churches all over the United States during a two-week time span in January.
As headlines in the media and even Trump's statements make it seem that like real estate mogul is having large success gaining the support of evangelical voters, LifeWay's survey was released Tuesday and shows that although Trump might be successful in attracting some self-identified Evangelicals, his message is failing to win over members of the clergy. more >>
I don't like worthless, empty slogans, but I have a real problem when those worthless, empty slogans are used to justify a moral or theological position.
To give one example, the slogan "Love is love" is bad enough, but it's far worse when it's used to justify same-sex "marriage."
In the same way, I'm not keen on the line, "But we're electing a president, a commander-in-chief, not a pastor-in-chief." But when it's used to justify voting for someone who has a long track record of being ruthless, cruel, unchristian, immoral, profane, full of pride, greedy, and double-minded, then I have a real problem with it. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz told voters Saturday that it is time to "awaken the body of Christ that we may pull back from the abyss."
At a stop Saturday at Darrell's Place in Hamlin, Iowa, Cruz got overtly religious in his appeal to Iowa's strong Evangelical community ahead of Monday's caucus. The Texas senator, who is polling second in the state behind frontrunner Donald Trump, is hoping that the Evangelical community will lift him to victory over his rival with the same message he also delivered to voters in December according to Breitbart News.
"If we awaken and energize the body of Christ — if Christians and people of faith come out and vote our values — we will win and we will turn the country around," Cruz told supporters in December. more >>