Ted Cruz has successfully courted Bob Vander Platts, Iowa’s main Christian powerbroker, winning his endorsement Thursday that was sought feverishly by about half the Republican field. Now, Cruz in closing in on winning the backing of another top social conservative networker: Tony Perkins.
“There’s clearly movement going toward Ted, and I think he’s making all the right moves,” Perkins told CNN Thursday. “But from a timing standpoint, I’m still watching, waiting.”
Perkins, who heads the Family Research Council, sits at the top of a pair of sprawling social conservative networks, the Conservative Action Project and the Council for National Policy, that are the hidden hub of the forces looking to push the Republican Party further right.
He’s also very controversial. The former Louisiana state representative has attracted scrutiny, implying a connection between pedophilia and homosexuality and making critical comments about Islam.… Continue Reading
Calling U.S. Senator Ted Cruz “a proven champion,” the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) endorsed Ted Cruz for president and promised to do everything possible to make his election possible.
“Sen. Ted Cruz is a proven champion for marriage and religious freedom and someone we can absolutely count on to fight to restore marriage to our nation’s laws and defend the religious liberty of the tens of millions of Americans who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” said Brian Brown, NOM’s president in a Wednesday press release.
Brown praised Cruz for signing the organization’s presidential marriage pledge commitment and for authoring the federal marriage amendment which would give states the right to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
Late in August New York Times columnist Frank Bruniexpressed puzzlement over what he cited as Donald Trump‘s high level of support among evangelical Republicans. A piece this week in TheChristian Post similarly, albeit from a different perspective, ponders why Trump is “receiving so much support from evangelicals.” CNN carried a recent report on the battle for evangelical voters between Trump and Ben Carson. A recent report in The Wall Street Journalindicatedthat Donald Trump plans on meeting with evangelical leaders later in September in his office.
These assumptions about Trump’s level of support among evangelicals appear to be based on trial heat polls wherein Republicans are forced to choose one and only one candidate for whom they would, in theory, vote. A better view of Trump’s image among this group comes from our Gallup data in which Republicans are asked about their views of each candidate individually.… Continue Reading
At a National Press Club event in Washington D.C. on Thrusday, Louisiana Governor and GOP presidential candidate Bobby Jindal took on billionaire and GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
Gov. Jindal began his statements saying, “I want to say what everyone is thinking about Donald Trump but is afraid to say.” Jindal went on to say, “He is shallow, there is no substance. He doesn’t know anything about policy, he has no idea what he is talking about. He makes it up on the fly.”
Jindal called Trump “unstable,” “a narcissist,” “egomaniac,” “unserious,” and “a carnival act.”
Please take a few minutes to watch the video below of Gov. Jindal’s epic smack down of Donald Trump and then pass it on.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has made public the presidential candidates who signed their “Marriage Pledge,” which promises to support a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Four of the 17 Republican presidential hopefuls signed the pro-marriage, pro-child, and pro-family document: Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson put their signatures to the pledge.
NOM calls them “Marriage Champions.” NOM president Brian Brown noted that, “While many of the GOP candidates talk the talk about supporting marriage, these four candidates have distinguished themselves as true champions, having pledged to the American people to take very specific actions to advance the cause of marriage.”
Besides supporting a Constitutional amendment defining natural marriage, the candidates pledged to take “several specific actions as president” to “protect people of faith from discrimination because of their support for traditional marriage.” This pledge to protect religious freedom includes investigating cases of Americans who have been unjustly treated because they support natural marriage.… Continue Reading
Planned Parenthood supporters protest actions by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
outside the governor’s mansion, Aug. 21, 2015.
Written by Ray Nothstine
By setting up a streaming loop of the now infamous undercover abortion videos outside the governor’s residence, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal challenged pro-Planned Parenthood protestors in an innovative way.
A half a dozen pro-Planned Parenthood protestors, many adorned in pink, showed up at the governor’s residence to decry Jindal’s actions to strip the popular abortion provider of state Medicaid funding in August. The protestors held pink and blue Planned Parenthood placards that read “Don’t take away my care,” and “I stand with Planned Parenthood.”
On Twitter, Jindal, who is running for Republican nomination for president, said Friday that “Protesters stayed far away from the Planned Parenthood videos we had playing on my lawn.”
Written by Maggie Gallagher
On June 26, a narrow majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices struck down the traditional definition of marriage, ruling all 50 states must recognize same-sex unions as marriages.
The four dissenters included the usually mild-mannered Chief Justice John Roberts, who called the majority opinion “dangerous to the rule of law”: “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent.”
Chief Justice Roberts also underscored the “serious questions about religious liberty” the decision raises: “Indeed, the Solicitor General candidly acknowledged that the tax exemptions of some religious institutions would be in question if they opposed same-sex marriage. . .there is little doubt these and similar questions will soon be before this Court.… Continue Reading
All Republicans should feel relieved, if not jubilant. Lots of winners who helped themselves, and no disastrous losers.
Major gains for Marco Rubio who was lucid, passionate, self-assured, Kennedyesque – cementing his status as everyone’s second choice, which may win him the nomination, ultimately. John Kasich also moved his campaign forward: starting in tenth place (according to the polls) he looked and sounded like a folksy, credible, mainstream contender. Jeb Bush, who had to overcome a recent reputation for bumbling and gaffes, seemed strong, capable, sympathetic, and accessible. Frankly, he was also probably helped by the fact that his height (he’s 6’4″) and his position near the center of the stage made him tower over the others, literally.
The losers? Donald Trump and Rand Paul both fared poorly in the opening of the debate, but recovered somewhat as time went on.… Continue Reading
Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal may not be near the top of the polls for the Republican presidential nomination race or even drawing the biggest crowds, but he may be the smartest candidate in the race.
After graduating from Brown University, Jindal was accepted into law school at Yale and medical school at Harvard, but chose to attend graduate work at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Jindal has served in the George W. Bush administration, was elected to the U.S. Congress from Louisiana, and is a two term governor of his native state. Jindal’s parents emigrated from India just months before he was born in Baton Rouge.
Below are six facts about the faith life of Jindal:
1. He has said on several occasions that the single most important moment in his life “is the moment I found Jesus Christ.”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal became the latest Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race, announcing yesterday that he will be making a run for the White House.
Here are 12 facts to know about Jindal:
Jindal was born with the name Piyush. As a child, though, he decided to go by Bobby after his favorite character, Bobby Brady, from “The Brady Bunch”. His name still legally remains Piyush.
Jindal is also the first Indian-American to become governor and Louisiana’s first non-white governor since Reconstruction. His parents are originally from India and moved to the United States about four months before Jindal was born.
After graduating from Brown University, Jindal was accepted to Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School, but chose to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar.