The “Values Voter Summit” (VVS), an annual Religious Right gathering in Washington, D.C., took place over the weekend. The rhetoric at the confab, which is now in its 10th year, is pretty consistent: speakers preach Christian “persecution,” Islamophobia, homophobia, dissatisfaction with the federal government and religious revivalism to whip about 3,000 attendees into a frenzy.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City recently penned a column for the New York Daily News criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s views on immigration. For some reason, Dolan attacked Americans United in the column, even comparing AU to the Ku Klux Klan!
It was an odd thing to do because Americans United has never taken, and does not today take, a stand on immigration. We limit our activities to separation of church and state. And, of course, AU has never engaged in the violent actions and hateful rhetoric of racist organizations like the Klan.
Real estate magnate Donald Trump says lots of outrageous stuff, but none of it seems to slow him down. His latest gaffe, however, ought to give some pause to his fans in the Religious Right.
Trump was asked by a reporter with Bloomberg News about his favorite book, which is allegedly the Bible. Asked to name his favorite verse from that tome, Trump stammered, “Well, I wouldn’t want to get into it because to me that’s very personal. You know, when I talk about the Bible it’s very personal.”
With Donald Trump getting all the attention in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, other candidates are getting increasingly desperate to stay relevant. Enter U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a Tea Party darling who is putting in an all-out effort to court evangelical voters.
Like a lot of you, I got way too many political calls in the lead-up to the election. In fact, I stopped answering the phone.