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Monday, December 10, 2007

Huckabee Preacher or President?


Don’t get me wrong because for the most part I think Mike Huckabee is probably one of the more genuine candidates over on the Republican side of the election. His sense of humor is realistically enough suited to him when it comes to the non stop religious questions thrown at him. Being a Republican candidate for President you pretty much need to be wearing your religion on your sleeve and if you are not then you better be explaining yourself. Which brings me to the thought process of why Mike Huckabee is not giving a JFK speech like Mitt Romney did just a few days ago? After all, Mitt is only a Mormon faith member, he was never a religious leader of his flock like Mike Huckabee was.

Is Mike Huckabee not concerned about all the people of the Jewish faith that just might also be a Republican. How about all them Catholic Republican’s like Bill O‘Reilly? Skip the Catholic’s, we gave up on Bill O’Reilly when he signed his pact with the devil but don’t tell anyone. Everyone knows that being a Catholic and a Republican too is like taking scuba diving lessons by jumping out of a plane at ten thousand feet, those two things just do not go together.

Is it possible for a preacher to go from the religious pulpit to the Presidential podium? Granted Huckabee was Governor of Arkansas but that is in the midst of the bible belt and in those states having the right religion can be the gold card of politics.

Over at MotherJones.com they have this very interesting read on just this subject…

Huckabee Hides His Full Gospel?

Washington Dispatch: Is Mike Huckabee the presidential candidate shunning Mike Huckabee the preacher? Before entering politics, he was a pastor at two Baptist churches. Now his campaign tells Mother Jones it won't make his sermons available to the media and the public.

By David Corn and Jonathan Stein
December 10, 2007

Now that he has his moment in the political spotlight, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee does not want his days at the pulpit to be scrutinized.

As Huckabee has surged to the front of the Republican pack in Iowa, his religious views have drawn media and voter attention. After all, Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor, has been campaigning as a "Christian leader." But he has vacillated on how far to interject faith into politics. At an early debate, he indicated he does not believe in evolution, but at a more recent debate, when he was asked by Wolf Blitzer if the creation of the Earth occurred six thousand years ago and only took six days, as stated in the Old Testament, Huckabee said, "I don't know. I wasn't there." During a question-and-answer session with students at fundamentalist Liberty University last month, he asserted that his rise in the polls has an explanation that is "beyond human" and is due to the power of his supporters' prayers. Afterward, he backtracked slightly, adding, "I'm saying that when people pray, things happen.... I'm not saying that God wants me to be elected." (At a victory rally held after Huckabee won a 1993 special election for lieutenant governor, Huckabee told his supporters that he had only won because God had intervened, according to the Texarkana Gazette.)
- MotherJones.com

It perplexes me why the topic of religion is so heavily debated among the Republican’s in the race for the Presidency and it never ends. Fractures in the political party of the current President are rampant from state to state and it will not end until the last vote is cast. If the thinking behind the votes cast is solely based on a candidates religious belief then the voters do not see what politics is really all about. Being President is not about what God you believe in or how many times you attend services. It’s about making decisions for the greater good of all of our people. Current President exception. There are decisions to be made that frankly, yes religion and your personal faith can and will have a bearing on but there is also the fact that as President you have to defend the Constitution of the United States of America to the best of your abilities over any other vow you have ever taken in your life. There is no exception written into the oath that you must take once elected President of this nation. Again, current President exception.

Thou shall not kill, one of the biggies of the ten commandments is pretty relevant if you are the Commander in Chief of our nations military. Can the preacher break this commandment by using military force where many lives could be lost as President of our country to defend our people? If not, then how does he defend our nation and prove that America is not to be messed with by all the little dictators that think they are the next toughest kid on the block? Could he direct the CIA to find and kill terrorist leaders around the world that are intent on the ultimate destruction of America? Could Huckabee put the bible down to make these kind of decisions and live with it or not?

There is a large difference between a Sunday sermon and the highest political office in the land. Sermons are easy enough, running a nation is not about words and phrases that can roll off the tongue. It’s about actions that President’s have to take and in some instances it runs counter to whatever religion you have under your belt. Once more the current President exception.

Papamoka
Cross posted over at Michael Linn Jones and Bring IT ON!
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6 Comments:

Blogger Liberator_Rev said...

"it perplexes me why the topic of religion is so heavily debated among the Republican’s in the race for the Presidency and it never ends."
Why? The phoney "Christians" of the Religious Right have taken control of the Republican Party, and as Goldwater predicted, that has proven to be a disaster (although they have had a great deal of success in getting Republicans elected for a while, so it's been good for that party, if not the country).
See http://JesusNoRepublican.Org/about/goldwater.html

2:33 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

Welcome to Papamoka Liberator Rev!

6:18 PM  
Anonymous coltakashi said...

Mitt Romney served as a bishop leading a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boston, then was called to serve as president over all the Boston area congregations, responsible for the spiritual welfare of several thousand people. Additionally, as a young man he served two years as a missionary in France, including as one of two "assistants to the mission president." When a traffic accident injured Romney and killed the wife of the president of the France mission, Romney and the other assistant took over leadership of the mission for several months. Beyond this, Romney has served in various other callings. IN all cases, like all Mormons, he was not paid any salary of other financial compensation. He did not nominate himself, but was selected by persons in higher levels of authority who are mostly also unpaid volunteers. I would suggest Romney's service, since he received no salary, is a greater example of Christian service than being paid to preach.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I may be wrong Coltakashi but I believe the time Mitt spent in France was also a deferment from military service while Vietnam was raging.

I personally do not have anything against Mitt other than the fact that he was MY Governor that was never here.

9:40 PM  
Blogger DB said...

Preacher or not, this year has become a showcase of "who is more Christian" and I am not sure who is better for it. Usually the religion bashing is by the liberals. It is almost as if Christians are the ones being "intolerant"...of each other!

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thou shall not kill, one of the biggies of the ten commandments is pretty relevant if you are the Commander in Chief of our nations military.- This has nothing to do with war. God instructed the Israelites to overtake many peoples. Not to say God approves of everything that happens in war, but God created war. This doesn't fall into "Thou shall not Kill"

8:55 AM  

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