The Iowa caucuses are today, and, despite what you may have heard, Jesus Christ is not appearing on the ballot.
Several of his close friends are, though. As voting approaches, Republican candidates have been working hard to win endorsements from prominent conservative evangelicals by explaining just how much they plan to mix up religion and government if elected.
Here’s a round-up of recent activities of note: Read more
A secular war memorial is set to be erected in an Iowa public park, but the fate of a controversial religious symbol on that property remains uncertain.
In August, Americans United asked officials in the town of Knoxville, a small city of about 7,000 south of Des Moines, to remove a display of a silhouetted soldier kneeling before a cross because it does not honor all veterans. The plywood cutout was made by a resident and placed in a public park without city leaders’ permission, but the town has chosen to leave the homemade display in place. Read more
Today I’m doing something I never thought I’d do: defending Dr. Ben Carson.
I’m standing up for Carson in the face of an attack on his faith by Donald Trump. Trump’s assault was crude and below the belt; it also displayed great ignorance. Read more
Some members of an Iowa town are angry over an Americans United complaint regarding a Christian-themed veterans’ memorial on public property.
In August, AU asked officials in the town of Knoxville, a small city of about 7,000 south of Des Moines, to remove a display of a silhouetted soldier kneeling before a cross because it does not honor all veterans. The plywood cutout was made by a resident and placed in a public park without city leaders’ permission, but the town has chosen to leave the homemade display in place. Read more
A group of Republican presidential hopefuls recently gathered in Iowa, each hoping to woo and win Religious Right activists ahead of the 2016 election.
At an event hosted by Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition in April, nine potential and declared candidates, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), tried to win the support of far-right social conservatives. Read more
Election season is still in its early stages, but eyes are already on Iowa. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have already declared their candidacy for the presidency; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Florida governor Jeb Bush are also expected to declare shortly to compete for the GOP nomination. (And let’s not forget Ben Carson, another favorite of social conservatives.) Read more
Four candidates vying to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate declared their support for the notion of biblical law during a forum last week. The event, hosted by a Religious Right outfit called the Family Leader, was held at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, and moderated by controversial right-wing blogger Erick Erickson.