Eliel Cruz is a graduate of Andrews University who has gone on to do organzing work and journalism at the intersections of faith and the LGBT+ community. Cruz recently launched a new venture, in the fundraising stage, that will document gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming individuals of many faith traditions. Cruz travels to various conferences on faith and sexuality, and in the process, has learned the stories of many for whom their religious identities and LGBT+ identities overlap.
Data from a new Pew Research Center survey conducted January 7-14, 2016 suggest that while Americans continue to place a high value on the religious beliefs of political candidates, an increasing number of potential voters are OK with candidates seen as less religious. In addition, while being an atheist has always been a political liability in the United States, the share of American adults who say they would be less likely to vote for an atheist candidate has been declining over time.
On November 4-5, 2015, about a year out from the 2016 presidential election, things looked good for Ben Carson. He overtook Donald Trump at the top of the stacked GOP primary field at 24.8% of the Republican vote and posted solid fundraising numbers. For the retired Seventh-day Adventist neurosurgeon, his presidential bid couldn’t have been going better.