Paul-Cruz 2016 – Have the Kingmakers Decided?

Surely, nothing is certain, but this meet up probably offers a sign about what the kingmakers are thinking.


The Iowa Renewal Project

Cordially invites you to participate in its

Pastors’ Policy Briefing

Rediscovering God in America

With Special Guests

Senator Rand Paul


Senator Ted Cruz


Historian David Barton


Former Congressman Bob McEwen

Who will be accompanied by

Dr. Ken Canfield

Pastor Ken Graves

Gail McWilliams

Mat Staver, Founder & Chairman of Liberty Counsel

Pastor Jason Taylor

Pastor Laurence White

Dr. Don Wildmon

and other guest speakers

To be held at

Des Moines Marriott Downtown

Located at

700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

on Thursday, July 18th and Friday, July 19th, 2013

 Meals and lodging are complimentary

and will be provided by the Iowa Renewal Project

To reserve your space, please RSVP no later than July 17th

by calling (800) 921-1928 or 

Hotel information will be distributed the week of July 10th

Reservations are limited and will be accepted on first call basis


Thursday, July 18, 2013

5:00 p.m. Check – in and registration

6:00 p.m. Reception

6:30p.m. Dinner Session

Friday, July 19, 2013

7:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Morning Session

10:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. Luncheon

2:30 p.m. Close

It was at one of these events that Mike Huckabee famously said he wished all Americans could be forced at gunpoint to listen to all of David Barton’s messages.

The American Renewal Project (and state branches like Iowa’s) is the project of David Lane. Lane is the fellow who recently wrote an article on waging war to restore a Christian America — which was actually removed from World Net Daily(!?).  In that article, Lane wrote:

As to the future of America – and the collapse of this once-Christian nation – Christians must not only be allowed to have opinions, but politically, Christians must be retrained to war for the Soul of America and quit believing the fabricated whopper of the “Separation of Church and State,” the lie repeated ad nauseum by the left and liberals to keep Christian America – the moral majority – from imposing moral government on pagan public schools, pagan higher learning and pagan media. Bill Bennett’s insight, “… the two essential questions Plato posed as: Who teaches the children, and what do we teach them?” requires deep thought, soul-searching and a response from Christian America to the secular, politically correct and multicultural false gods imposing their religion on America’s children.

Lane rolls back the curtain and makes very clear the goals of his American renewal — imposition of his view of Christianity on public institutions. Those looking around the potential GOP contenders in 2016 and think Rand Paul might be a friend to libertarian policies need to examine those who are now putting Paul in front of Christian pastors.  Lane is showing up all over with Paul, and accompanied him to Israel in January, in what Lane called, “…absolutely the first step in his 2016 White House campaign.” 

During the GOP primary season, Ron Paul courted evangelical support and ended up having to back away from dominionist pastors who became a distraction.  Will Rand Paul follow in his father’s footsteps? Possibly by virtue of his low profile, Lane has not been an obvious liability to the conservatives he has supported. However, images of Christian America warring on everybody else to impose one particular version of Christianity probably won’t play well outside of Iowa.

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  • Lynn David

    I think the NY Times called David Lane a “stealth weapon” of the religious right.

    Warren, I know Lane has been associated with “restoration/renewel” projects and Huckabee, Barton, Wildmon and the AFA; but where is he mentioned before your reference to the missing AFA article? Am I blind and miss it? Or did he stealthily sneak in?

    I’ve been getting a lot of mailings from Rand Paul of late. I think it’s because I am an NRA member.

  • Warren

    Lynn David – I am not following your question.

  • Sharon

    Warren, I think Lynn David is asking why you brought Lane up — his name doesn’t appear in the invitation/schedule you posted, as far as I can tell.

  • Warren

    Ah, I see. The Iowa Renewal Project is David Lane’s project. I see that I just assumed the reader would know that. I will fix it.

  • Lynn David

    I missed your earlier mention of Lane. I missed one sentence. Must be losing it.

  • Warren

    Lynn David – I just added that sentence in response to Sharon’s good proofreading. So I think you still have it whatever it is.

  • ken

    It will be interesting to see what (if anything) Paul and Cruz have to say about Barton. Smart money says they will be noncommittal about him.

    I find it amusing how the program lists Barton as a “historian” though :)

  • Patrocles

    Libertarians would do a poor job, if they supported nobody like fellow libertarians. Their natural task is to support all kinds of cognitive/emotive minorities against the mainstream.

    In this case, the point is that members of the Christian minority have, as persons, just the same general right to “impose” their ideas on public institutions as everyone else. You may be a Christian, but that doesn’t justify the majority to deny you that general right.

    (One might argue, from an anabaptist stand, that Christian persons should prefer living separate from the seculars. But that’s not a question of general ethics – libertarianism has to do with general ethics – neither is it the view of the evangelical left.)