January 29, 2016

GOP candidates talked faith at Iowa debate

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Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio discuss an issue during the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young.

Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio discuss an issue during the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young.

Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio discuss an issue during the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young.

Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Marco Rubio discuss an issue during the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young.

(RNS) Marco Rubio is not the Savior, in case you were wondering.

And, yes, that came up at Thursday night’s Fox News-Google Republican primary debate in Iowa. That’s because 60 percent of Iowa’s likely Republican caucus voters are evangelicals, and candidates were doing all they could to court them in the Hawkeye State.
Here’s what the candidates had to say about Islamic extremism, religious liberty and more in a debate rich with religious references.

 

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  • I cannot be the only one who hates to see politicians talk religion. Religion isn’t relevant to practical solutions our country needs and it is dangerous nonsense.

    Where are the reasonable people ?
    Where are Christians who believe in the separation of church and state?
    Where are the Jews who learned long ago that allowing Christian dictators into power was always a catastrophe? Why are they silent?

    Where are the other non-believers (ATHEISTS) who refuse to sit back and let these people scold them back into church!?

    Why is there so much silence in America while Evangelicals rob our students of Science education and critical thinking skills?
    Where is the outrage as Planned Parenthood is defunded and CONTRACEPTION OUTLAWED?

    Where are you all?

  • Ben in oakland

    Chris Christie, normally not someone I care much for, went up 50 points in my estimation when he said that Kim Davis was comparable to ISIS.

    Chris Christie pivoted to ISIS when asked about Kim Davis and religious liberty. That got a lot of folks’ attention. Via Daily Kos:

    Finally, Republicans are getting it! During last night’s debate, Chris Christie inadvertently explained how the Kim Davises of the world resemble radical Islamic jihadists: “what they want to do is impose their faith upon each and every one of us.”

    Davis, of course, is the Kentucky county clerk who defiantly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land last year. Christie’s unintentional misstep came during the most unique and misguided of political pivots—when he was trying to steer his answer away from the fact that he had previously said a person in Davis’s position must follow the law and do her job.

  • @Ben:

    “Chris Christie inadvertently explained…“what they want to do is impose their faith upon each and every one of us.”

    Well done.
    May the thinking process finally succeed!

  • Fran

    This Christian believes in separation of church and state and does not get involved with politics at all. My faith is in God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44), and not in man’s governments.

  • deon gates

    I’m here, Christian and shocked as well. Something very frightening is going on. It is not Christian to war, to get wrapped up in the affairs of the state, to eliminate people. I believe in separation of church and state. Is this a crusade? I guess it is.