January 4, 2008

Media Won't Discuss Huckabee's Christian Extremism

He won Iowa, and he's here to "take this nation back for Christ." He's Mike Huckabee, and he could end up winning the Republican nomination for 2008 even though he remains an embarrassment to many Republicans. He appears to be a genuine Christian extremist, and there seems to be little place in Huckabee's America for nonbelievers, homosexuals, a woman's right to choose, and even science. It is not quite time to panic, but it is also no time for apathy.

This story from the Associated Press caught my eye because it reports that Huckabee stands by this statement he made 10 years ago: "I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ."
He gave the speech the same year he endorsed the Baptist convention's statement of beliefs on marriage that "a wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ." Huckabee and his wife, Janet, signed a full-page ad in USA Today in support of the statement with 129 other evangelical leaders.
I find it telling that Huckabee has made his fundamentalist Christian faith the centerpiece of his current campaign. According to the same AP article, "Campaign ads emphasize faith and call him a Christian leader."

Much as the mainstream media was unwilling to question George W. Bush's march to war in Iraq, they are now reluctant to use the Christian extremist label when discussing Huckabee. I have no such reluctance and will continue to do so. In fact, if it looks like he might actually win the Republican nomination, I will call on every atheist blogger to write posts in which "Huckabee" and "Christian extremist" appear in the title. While such a call seems premature at this point, I cannot resist venting a bit.

When Huckabee tries to reassure atheists that he's not interested in theocracy, he says we should simply look at his record in Arkansas.
"I didn't ever propose a bill that we would remove the Capitol dome of Arkansas and replace it with a steeple," he said. "You know, we didn't do tent revivals on the grounds of the Capitol."
I don't know about you, but I'm not convinced. The concept of taking America back for Christ certainly sounds familiar, and I do not find it particularly palatable.

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