Carly Fiorina formally launched her 2016 presidential run Monday (May 4). But she’s long been working the Christian talk and radio circuit, appealing to a traditional Christian voter base.
Here are five faith facts about the former Hewlett-Packard CEO turned business consultant:
1. Born Cara Carleton Sneed, Fiorina grew up Episcopalian.
At a recent Heritage Foundation event, she said when she was 8 years old her mother, who was also her Sunday school teacher, gave her a plaque that said: “What you are is God’s gift to you and what you make of yourself is your gift to God.” During her undergraduate years at Stanford, she studied medieval history, reading Thomas Aquinas, Maimonides and other Christian, Jewish and Islamic philosophers. In recent years, The New York Times described her as an irregular churchgoer who is not affiliated with a particular denomination.
2. Before and after her 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate (losing to Barbara Boxer), Fiorina stressed opposition to abortion.
She spoke to the Heritage Foundation about times she volunteered with agencies that serve special needs children. These are children, she said, that abortion-rights liberals, who protect “even flies,” would call “flawed” but she sees them as “full of grace.” Fiorina is a global ambassador for Opportunity International, a Christian global anti-poverty microfinance organization that merged with her One Woman initiative in 2013.
Even with her strong abortion opposition, a New York Times profile notes she would allow abortion for incest, rape and in cases where the mother’s life was in danger — but never with taxpayer funds.
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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Cathy Lynn Grossman