God and faith will be perpetual topics in the Republican race for the presidency. The Religion News Service has been keeping track of some of the more memorable quotes from the top candidates.
10 faith facts about GOP front-runners in Fox News’ main debate
By Cathy Lynn Grossman/ Religion News Service
(RNS) Expect to hear a lot about God and religious liberty when 10 Republican presidential contenders step into the Fox News spotlight for the first televised 2016 election debate.
Since almost every candidate (secular Bernie Sanders excepted) waves religion about while politicking, Religion News Service created an ongoing series to help you keep track.
In our “5 faith facts” series, RNS highlights the religious background and faith-related remarks for every announced candidate — including the seven GOP folks relegated to the second-tier candidates’ dinner-and-drive-time debate, which precedes the 9 p.m. Eastern main event.
Here — in the order to which Fox News has ranked them — are some of the candidates’ more memorable remarks on faith, drawn from the RNS series:
Real estate magnate Donald Trump:
“I do get sent a lot of Bibles and I like that. I think that’s great.”
Former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush:
“Irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling … we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:
“I don’t know” whether Obama is a Christian.
Former Arkansas Gov. (and Baptist pastor) Mike Huckabee:
“Spiritual convictions should certainly be reflected in one’s worldview, approaches to problems, and perspective.”
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson:
“Even when I don’t operate, I pray because I feel that God is the ultimate source of all wisdom.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz:
“We can turn our country around, but only if the body of Christ rises up.”
Read all of the GOP responses at Religion News Service