As Falwell Favors Trump, Pew Says Most Americans Still Want a Religious President

(UPDATED) However, survey also finds Trump is one of few candidates who doesn't have to be religious to be deemed great.
As Falwell Favors Trump, Pew Says Most Americans Still Want a Religious President
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Update (Jan. 29): A new survey of Protestant pastors found that evangelical pastors prefer Ted Cruz (18%), Ben Carson (8%), and Marco Rubio (8%) for president. Donald Trump was only favored by 5 percent of Republican pastors, LifeWay Research found. Nearly half of all pastors remain undecided.

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How does Jerry Falwell Jr. explain his controversial endorsement of Donald Trump for president? In part, he’s taking his cue from his Moral Majority-founding father, who supported Ronald Reagan over Southern Baptist Jimmy Carter.

“When [Jerry Falwell Sr.] walked into the voting booth, he wasn’t electing a Sunday school teacher or a pastor or even a president who shared his theological beliefs; he was electing the president of the United States with the talents, abilities and experience required to lead a nation,” said the Liberty University president during his glowing introduction of Trump at a school convocation. “After all, Jimmy Carter was a great Sunday school ...

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