WASHINGTON — With conservative Christians and libertarians sharing common ideologies that stand against big government and federal overreaching, the two groups' need to put aside their few differences and unite in order to defeat a Democratic agenda that "assaults" American liberties, a panel of prominent social conservatives agreed Saturday.
Speaking at a Family Research Council panel at the Values Voters Summit in Washington D.C.,a social conservative pollster, political commentator and campaign advisor for Sen. Rand Paul, R- Ky., discussed the importance of getting the two ideological groups on the same voting path to solidify their stances against issues like big-government overeaches and infringement on personal and religious liberties.
"If we want to remove Democrats from the Senate and take back control of the White House in 2016, these are two groups that have to finally make sure that the overwhelming nature on which they agree ends up being the driving force and end up being something that really can push the left out of their position of power," said Doug Stafford, Executive Director of Paul's political action committee, RANDPAC. "Too often we don't do as good a job as the left does in uniting for a victory for those things that we do share by arguing about things that we don't." more >>
WASHINGTON – Taking the stage at the Values Voter Summit Gala with her husband, Daniel Wani, Meriam Ibrahim encouraged Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini, with stories about caring for her children Martin and Maya.
With the help of an interpreter, Ibrahim called Naghmeh Abdini "her sister" and told her "Do not fear; be strong. Take care of your kids and the Lord will be with you."
Naghmeh Abedini shared a video during the gala from her children. In the video, 6-year-old Jacob said his heart is "crying" because he "misses Daddy a lot, lot, lot, lot, lot, lot, a thousand lots." Eight-year-old Rebekka said "I prayed that dad comes back home but he's still not back home" more >>
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Evangelist Greg Laurie read a recent letter from Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is still being held as a prisoner in Iran two years after being arrested for his Christian faith, to his daughter during a somber prayer vigil held at the city of Newport Beach's civic center Friday at noon.
The imprisoned pastor was able to write a letter to his daughter, Rebekkah Grace, for her eighth birthday on Sept. 12.
"You are growing so fast and becoming more beautiful every day," he wrote in the letter released by the ACLJ. "I praise God for His faithfulness to me every day as I watch from a distance through the prison walls and see pictures and hear stories of how you are growing both spiritually and physically." more >>
WASHINGTON — Attacks on citizens' freedom of speech was a topic of discussion at the ninth annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, where a panel highlighted examples of censorship and government encroachment on religious freedom in the U.S. and Canada.
Charles McVety, president of Canada Christian College, explained that, in Canada, Christian pastors have been fined or censored for expressing socially conservative views on the air or even attempting to do so.
"I have experienced a lot of censorship and have also been censored by our government for not speaking with a politically correct tone," he said, emphasizing that the Canadian government monitors and censors sermons broadcast on television. more >>
WASHINGTON — Speaking to religious conservatives gathered at the 2014 Values Voter Summit, twin brothers Jason and David Benham said losing their house-flipping show on HGTV taught them what it means to be Christ's disciples.
"It is a fun thing to follow Jesus until you find out where He's going, because He's going to a cross and He's asking you to come follow Him; and we got that experience in real life," Jason said Friday a the summit.
The brothers were filming episodes for "Flipping it Forward" in May when HGTV announced they were canceling the show. The decision followed postings from website Right Wing Watch that revealed the Benhams' traditional Christian views on marriage, sexuality and abortion. more >>
WASHINGTON — The Family Research Council, a social conservative Christian advocacy group, announced Saturday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has won the annual Values Voter Summit straw poll for the second consecutive year, while retired neurosurgeon and best-selling author Ben Carson finished first in the polling for vice president.
Cruz earned 25 percent of the vote for president, while Carson finished five percentage points behind him earning 20 percent of the vote. Carson won the poll's vice presidential voting with 22 percent, 8 percentage points ahead of Cruz. Cruz earned 228 presidential votes, while Carson earned 179.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee finished third in the presidential voting with 12 percent, while Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal finished third in the vice presidential voting at 11 percent. more >>