What do 2016 election candidates believe? Check the RNS ‘5 faith facts’ series

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Flag and Bible in front of a home impacted by Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, NY. Recovery work is being done by Volunteers in Mission through the New York Annual Conference, United Methodist Church. RNS photo by Arthur McClanahan/Iowa Annual United Methodist Conference.

Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Governor John Kasich, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, businessman Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, former Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul participate in the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Blake

Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Governor John Kasich, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Senator Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, businessman Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, former Governor Jeb Bush, Governor Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul participate in the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 15, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Blake

What does Donald Trump believe? Ted Cruz? Hillary Clinton? The RNS series, 5 Faith Facts, offers the religious background for the leading candidates for each party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential election. Find them here, in alphabetical order.

REPUBLICANS

Ben Carson: 5 faith facts about Ben Carson: retired neurosurgeon, Seventh-day Adventist

Gov. Chris Christie: 5 faith facts about Chris Christie: Cradle Catholic and member of the Church of Bruce

Sen. Ted Cruz: 5 faith facts about Sen. Ted Cruz: It’s all about God’s work

Former Gov. Jeb Bush: 5 faith facts about Jeb Bush: Catholicism ‘resonated with me’

Carly Fiorina: 5 faith facts about Carly Fiorina: ‘What you make of yourself is your gift to God’

Gov. John Kasich: 5 faith facts about Gov. John Kasich: ‘God is with me wherever I happen to be’

Sen. Rand Paul: Five faith facts about Rand Paul: ‘My faith has never been easy for me’

Sen. Marco Rubio: 5 faith facts about Marco Rubio: ‘Once a Catholic always a Catholic’

Donald Trump: 5 faith facts about Donald Trump: a Presbyterian who collects Bibles

Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders (L), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley bow their heads in a moment of silence for the recent attacks in Paris ahead of the second official 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on November 14, 2015. Phtoo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Young

Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders (L), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley bow their heads in a moment of silence for the recent attacks in Paris ahead of the second official 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on November 14, 2015. Phtoo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Young

DEMOCRATS

Former Sect. of State Hillary Clinton: 5 faith facts about Hillary Clinton: social gospel Methodist to the core

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley: 5 faith facts about Martin O’Malley: ‘A Pope Francis Democrat’

Sen. Bernie Sanders: 5 faith facts about Bernie Sanders: unabashedly irreligious

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Let me give you one fact. If a Christofascist like Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Santorum, Jindahl, or Huckabee (the last 4 extremely unlikely) I will be emigrating to Chile, Argentina, or Uruguay (with of course perhaps Canada or Cuba as a way station) and so will millions of others. Why not Jeb? Because given the Terry Schiavo thing he’s worse than his brother but still has the sense he and his bro got from their parents. Why not Trump? Trump’s all mouth and no action. Trump would be an ideal President in other circumstances. He’s no more serious about building a wall than he is about the rest of his failed investments. But the rubes might think he is and thus curb their reprehensible behaviors. The con for christofascists was that Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II would do their bidding was wearing thin. Time for a new schtick.