Faith and Freedom

Photographs by Taylor Glascock for CNN

Eight Republican presidential candidates spoke at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's Annual Fall Banquet and Presidential Forum in September 2015. As the sun filtered through the skylights of a room that resembled a church fellowship hall, about 1,000 people sat at long tables and ate fried chicken and green beans. Some wore their Sunday best; others were content in overalls.

A man helps himself to fried chicken near an anti-abortion display. Defunding Planned Parenthood was a popular topic during the forum.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called for a conservative revolution. He said that if elected president, he would declare upon taking the oath of office, "The persecution of religious liberty ends today."
A closing prayer.
Cruz supporters line the driveway to the parking lot outside the reception hall.
The Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers, a community for non-believers, protest outside the Faith & Freedom Coalition event.
History suggested that nearly half the voters in the Republican primaries and caucuses would be white evangelicals.
When he ran for president in 2008, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee used a blend of religious values and economic populism to win the Iowa caucuses and some primaries in the Bible Belt. This time around, many candidates were appealing to the Christian right, and Huckabee dropped out of the race after losing in Iowa.
Cruz flyers are on display at the presidential forum.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a presidential candidate from South Carolina, addresses the Freedom & Faith Coalition.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, another presidential candidate, told the crowd, "I'm proud to be clinging to guns and God" -- a reference to a comment Barack Obama made when he ran for president in 2008.
A man raises his hand during the national anthem.
The lectern awaits the Republican presidential candidates. "We need a president of the United States who loves God," said Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the national Faith & Freedom Coalition.