June 14, 2007

Christian Extremists Heart Huckabee

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is a Christian extremist's wet dream. Not only is he a social conservative who rejects evolution, but he is actually a Baptist pastor. It is hard to imagine that American fundamentalists could find a better candidate. And yet, there appears to be trouble in the Huckabee camp.

According to The New York Times, Huckabee is worried about being defined by his anti-science worldview. At the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, he attempted to shift the subject from his fundamentalist beliefs to various domestic issues.
“Tonight, all over America, there are families sitting down to have dinner, and I doubt that any of them said, ‘I wonder what the next president will think about evolution?’” said Huckabee...
I'm not so sure about that, Mr. Huckabee. Personally, I find it quite relevant that someone who wants to lead America rejects the core tenet of modern biology. I have a hard time imagining that such a leader could make informed and reasonable decisions about funding the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies which exist to the benefit of all Americans. Instead, it seems far more likely that such a leader would make decisions on the basis of his or her faith, essentially imposing his or her religious beliefs on all Americans.

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