The Daily Beast examines Ron Paul’s Reconstructionist roots

Last week, I reported that Ron Paul hired Mike Heath (is he still AFTAH board chair?), and that Ron Paul touted an endorsement from an Omaha pastor who wants to implement Mosaic law, complete with executions for gays, adulterers and delinquent children.Today, the Daily Beast's Michelle Goldberg examines the topic and notes that many evangelicals who are coming Paul's way today in Iowa lean toward the Reconstructionist side of the evangelical world.  The other interesting aspect of her … [Read more...]

Kayser endorsement flap not having much impact on Iowa campaign

Several national news outlets covered the Phil Kayser endorsement story this week, but it may not be having much impact in Iowa.I spoke earlier today with another pastor who has endorsed Ron Paul, Brian Nolder, who said that the big stories there are the Kent Sorenson defection and to a lesser degree Ron Paul's newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s.Rev. Nolder, who does not hold the same theonomic views as Phil Kayser, had heard of the matter but did not think it was having much impact on … [Read more...]

Bachmann's campaign manager defects to Ron Paul, needs to change Twitter motto

Earlier today Kent Sorenson appeared with Michele Bachmann at an Iowa campaign event and then a bit later Bachmann's campaign manager announced that he joined up with Ron Paul. He became an ex-Bachmann.Given this defection, Sorenson's motto on his Twitter account is interesting:His new motto should be:Screw standing for something, I just want to win! … [Read more...]

Ron Paul touts endorsement of pastor who defends death penalty for gays, delinquent children & adultery

Phillip Kayser is pastor of the Dominion Covenant Church in Omaha, Nebraska, just across the border from Iowa. Yesterday, Rev. Kayser endorsed Ron Paul for President.  The Paul campaign clearly welcomed the endorsement calling Kayser an "eminent pastor." Ron Paul's Iowa Chairman, Drew Ivers, commended Kayser's view of Paul's approach to government, saying“We welcome Rev. Kayser’s endorsement and the enlightening statements he makes on how Ron Paul’s approach to government is consistent with Chr … [Read more...]

What does Ron Paul really believe about gays?

Currently, with one week remaining until Iowa's Presidential Caucus, Ron Paul is in the hot seat. The Texas GOP hopeful denies writing racist columns for a newsletter bearing his name during the 1990s. Examining Paul's denials, the Washington Post's Josh Hicks gave Paul three Pinocchios which according to the Post means that Paul's statements are misleading and use "legalistic language that means little to ordinary people."Paul's views on gays are also open to question. One newsletter … [Read more...]

A Peter Waldron Sighting in Iowa: Spreading the Gospel of Michele Bachmann

Peter Waldron, the man who helped Michele Bachmann take the Iowa caucus vote in August, is back in Iowa organizing pastors. According to the New York Times yesterday, Waldron was deploying his faith based strategies:One Bachmann aide, Peter Waldron, gathered 16 evangelical pastors in Des Moines last week to discuss strategy. “These are our caucus-builders,” Mr. Waldron said. “We have a very deliberate plan. It’s been thought-out, prayed over.”The plan probably looks something like the one he … [Read more...]

Donald Trump for President?

March Madness is here.And I don't mean NCAA basketball.GOP suits are in Iowa testing the waters for a run at the nomination. The most entertaining aspect has to be the potential for Donald Trump to enter the fray. Although Trump was not there, he sent a water tester along to find out what Iowa is.Michael Cohen, executive vice president and special counsel to Trump's company, met with Iowa Republicans."We do understand that Iowa is the first stop if anyone is interested in the … [Read more...]

Iowa Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Same-sex marriage in the heart land.Note the attorney quoted at the end of the article: Richard Socarides. Charles Socarides son. English majors, help me, is that irony?It seems even clearer to me that this issue will eventually come before the Supreme Court. Can the nation long sustain a patchwork quilt of laws regulating marriage?Here is the ruling summarized with a link to the full court documents. … [Read more...]


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