Republicans Reject Trump’s Religious Test ~ Rightly So

In Starbucks I overheard a conversation mentioning Republicans not saying much against Trump’s position of a religious test for people coming into the U.S. I wanted to post some audio of Lindsey Graham and Carly Fiorina (from the Michael Medved Show) where they very clearly and strongly deny Trumps position. In fact, as of today, ALL the other Republican Presidential candidates have come out against Trump on this issue.

What Trump has right is that we can (and have) stopped immigration at times from countries… but what he has wrong is that we cannot [Constitutionally] ban people entry from the world who are Muslim. You could stop immigration (all immigration) Constitutionally from, say, Syria and Pakistan… but not, as Medved points out, from Saudi Arabi — who are our “allies.” Here is that audio that includes some challenging phone calls. Take note Zuhdi Jasser was the guest during this hour:

Trumps Church Clarifies Involvement (Plus: #TrumpBible)

…in a statement to TheBlaze regarding Trump’s membership status, Marble Collegiate Church said that while the Republican presidential candidate has a “longstanding history,” he is not an “active member.”

  • “Donald Trump has had a longstanding history with Marble Collegiate Church, where his parents were for years active members and one of his children was baptized. However, as he indicates, he is a Presbyterian, and is not an active member of Marble,” the church said.

Eric Metaxas puts together the likely Bible Trump uses, to which I added a few from others via Twitter (h/t J. Giordano):

Donald Trump recently said the Bible is by far his favorite book, but when asked to share a favorite verse or two, he declined, saying religion was a private thing and he didn’t want to get specific. Many concluded he doesn’t read the Bible. But to silence his critics, Trump today shot off the following “25 of my favorite Bible verses”…

  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was TERRIFIC. And also YUUUUGE.
  • Look, I prefer Messiahs who don’t get crucified, okay? I mean, I’ve given a lot to his churches. A LOT. Face it, he let us down.
  • Moses. What a dope. Had to go into the wilderness. I’d have negotiated a deal with Pharaoh, day one. A great deal. The best.
  • And Jesus went out into the desert. But he should have invested in hotels there. I mean I’m killing it in Vegas. A LOT of money.
  • Nathan said to David: “You are the man!” And David said, “No YOU are the man!” And they high-fived each other. It was fabulous.
  • Take a little wine for thy stomach’s sake. And if you’re eating the Surf & Turf you can go with the red OR the white. Your call.
  • Jesus? Nice guy, but LOW, LOW energy, I mean, bleeding out of his hands, his feet, his wherever…
  • God took six days to create the universe & then needed a day of rest? Lazy & inefficient. Would have taken me three days. Tops
  • Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. For a season.
  • He rebuked the wind and said to the sea “Silence, be still!” But Jorge Ramos kept talking and talking.
  • At the Last Supper, Jesus said to Judas: “What you must do, do quickly. And do it under budget if possible. Unheard of, right?”
  • The Israelites were illegal immigrants fleeing Pharaoh so they could have anchor babies in the Promised Land.
  • Why do the heathen rage? Because they want jobs. And I’m the greatest job creator God ever made. And then some. Am I right?
  • A sower went out to sow. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love sowers. But they’re killing us. They’re sending us their worst sowers.
  • A man went to Jericho & he was set upon by thieves. Because they have lousy security in Jericho. The Unions destroyed it there.
  • Judas? Bad leadership on Jesus’ part. Would never have happened on #CelebrityDisciple.
  • Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but I have duplexes with views of the East River. The Chinese are buying them like crazy.
  • You’ve heard it said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,” but I say unto you that’s lousy negotiating. Why break even?
  • A good name is better than fine perfume. But nothing’s better than Trump Cologne.
  • A good wife, who can find? I found three.
  • Moses saw that the Bush was on fire but was not consumed, because face it, the Bush was low-energy.
  • A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown. But I was born in Queens, so who cares?
  • When Paul & Silas were praying, an earthquake shook the jail & all the doors were opened, because none of it was built to code.
  • A man named Ananias, with Saphira his wife, sold a piece of property. But they were the worst negotiators. They got killed.
  • And Jesus came to them walking on the waves and said, “Have you seen the polls? I’m like WAY ahead. It’s not even close.”
  • And Pharoah said to Moses: “Do you know how many Hispanics I have working for me?”
  • Love covers a multitude of sins. Sure. But you’d be nuts not to get a prenup. I mean, c’mon.
  • Then there came a tax-collector & I said “Good luck, because I’ve got the best tax lawyers. I mean they’re monsters. Forget it.”
  • And after the wind came an earthquake & he was not in the earthquake. So I’m like, c’mon already. Where are you? I’m a busy man.
  • Among whom was Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Joses, and the mother of James & John. Three classy ladies. Tremendous class.
  • Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. Wait a minute…I don’t want to get that specific.
  • Hide it under a bushel? No. But I do keep all my Bibles in a very nice place.
  • Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes and GAVE THEM AWAY? Terrible business strategy.


Some Commentary on the Debate via The American Spectator

Some points out of ten posted by The American Spectator: “Ten Things You Need to Know From Last Night’s GOP Debate”

1. Carly Fiorina won. And by “won,” I mean “both debates.” She wasted everyone on stage at the “Happy Hour” kids’ table debate, managed to goad the DNC into creating her very own sexist meme, shut down Chris Matthews, and basically Ronda Rousey’ed the whole night. She punched yesterday in the face. Not a single man in the following debate seemed even remotely capable of delivering her knockout performance, and that’s something to be proud of. With a field of sixteen (eighteen? twenty? eighty?), the initial, Fox News debate — on friendly territory — was essential to solidifying your position among the front runners. Fiorina did that without hesitation. Others, in this case perpetual disappointment Rick Perry, spent the time he should have spent preparing for the debate using his surrogates to manage expectations, and made Bobby Jindal look charismatic by comparison, and Bobby Jindal is the human equivalent of notebook paper.

4. Megyn Kelly asked hardball questions of the prime time debaters, which earned her a spate of terrible Facebook fan page commentary and the honor of being called a “bimbo,” a sentiment which Donald Trump immediately endorsed. Which is convenient for Donald Trump, since he made it through the entire debate without endorsing a single policy, except, perhaps, a national program to relocate Rosie O’Donnell to an inaccessible private island. On that, he is likely to earn widespread support. But while the Donald spent the greatest amount of time yammering, among the candidates, he actually said very little. Except that you should be concerned that he intends to run third party. Which is fine. We always need more candidates to confuse elderly Floridian voters.

6. For the first time in history, observation linked Ted Cruz to Mike Huckabee, which is an intriguing development. Post-debate Luntz polling revealed that those souring on Trump were moving “back” to Cruz and Huckabee, neither of whom made a spectacular showing last night, but definitely share some of Trump’s “anti-establishment” credentials (if there is a such thing). It may turn out that the primary impetus behind Trump’s popularity was simply that neither Cruz or Huckabee had yet hit the trail — certainly Cruz seems to consider Trump his stalking horse — but if neither Cruz nor Huckabee can capitalize on the eventual Trump disengagement, the connections will sink all three. Personally, I see this as no loss. You may differ. In which case, feel free to call me a closeted liberal in the comments section as usual.

9. Marco Rubio “won” the debate itself, which is great for Marco Rubio because it’s high time he’s taken seriously as a candidate. He’s good looking, he’s got a great background story, he’s nuanced on policy and the media already hates him so much they pay for people to scour through hours of footage of Miami Zoning Commission hearings. And now he seems like  he could take on the so-called “heavy hitters” he was supposed to be crushed by. Frankly, it would be fun to see him take on Carly in a one-on-one. We’d all be better for it, too.

Why Trump Will Fail

Why Trump will fail as a serious Republican candidate (By the way, this is largely with thanks to FreeRepublic via ScottFactor):

Speaking about Bush via and interview with the late Tim Russert about his book:

More important, the Republican Party’s nomination looked ungettable, sure to be captured by George W. Bush. So Trump left the party. “I really believe the Republicans are just too crazy, right?” he told Tim Russert on Meet the Press. “I mean, just what’s going on is just nuts.” (


At CPAC, Mr. Trump said, “I’m pro-life,” but in his book, he said,

“I support a woman’s right to choose, but I am uncomfortable with the procedures. When Tim Russert asked me on Meet the Press if I would ban partial-birth abortion, my pro-choice instincts led me to say no.” (


He has recently given very progressive candidates money for their campaign bids

Real estate billionaire Donald Trump gave Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel $50,000 in December 2010, just months before hinting to the media he is seriously contemplating a bid to be the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee. (


On socialized medicine, Mr. Trump stated at CPAC that he would fight to end Obamacare and replace it. Compare that position to what he wrote in his book,

“I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on health. It is an unacceptable but accurate fact that the number of uninsured Americans has risen to 42 million. Working out detailed plans will take time. But the goal should be clear: Our people are our greatest asset. We must take care of our own. We must have universal healthcare. (; and,


Here’s another position that should make conservatives cringe. Again, from his book, Mr. Trump says,

“One of our next president’s most important goals must be to induce a greater tolerance for diversity. The senseless murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming-where an innocent boy was killed because of his sexual orientation- turned my stomach. We must work towards an America where these kinds of hate crimes are unthinkable.”

First of all, Mr. Trump has the facts wrong in the case of Matthew Shepard. As I have pointed out before, Shepard was not killed because he was a homosexual; he was murdered by a couple of junkies looking to rob him of his money to buy more drugs for themselves. Putting that aside, perhaps Mr. Trump has not thought through the implications of “hate crimes” legislation.

“Hate crimes” laws create a specially protected class of people, which nullifies America’s promised equal protection under the law. All crimes are hateful. Assaulting one person is no worse than assaulting another person, based on what that person is or how he behaves. “Hate crimes” penalties make punishments harsher for people who assault or murder a person who is labeled with the specially protected status, as homosexual deviants are. This is patently un-American and violates the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. (


And, he is a birther, something all conservative papers and journals reject (the life blood of the base):