Our Religious Litmus Test

The myths we tell ourselves shape our world.

So let’s take a look at one man and his problematic relationship with reality, and the politics that surround it. Aside from Mitt Romney, Huckabee has generated the most enthusiastic press coverage concerning his religion. This in itself isn’t bad. A preacher turned politician could make a formidable ticket, but such is not the case with Huckabee. Nonetheless he knows his strengths and plays to him. Thus when he recently went to South Carolina to campaign, he took his message straight to the Pews. (AP):

Republican Mike Huckabee spoke from the pulpit Sunday, not as a politician but as the preacher he used to be, delivering a sermon on how merely being good isn’t enough to get into heaven.

Ah, but preachers are politicians. And Huckabee was spinning furiously (emphasis mine):

On Sunday in South Carolina, Huckabee avoided politics entirely, instead preaching about humility and trusting in Jesus to open the gates of heaven.

“The criteria to get into heaven is you have to be not good, but perfect. That’s the real challenge in it,” he said at First Baptist North Spartanburg, a megachurch with 2,500 members.

“On that day, when I pull up, I’ll be asked, `Do you have what it takes to get in?'” Huckabee said. “And if I ask, `Well, what does it take to get in?’ ‘Gotta be perfect.‘”

“Well, I’m afraid I don’t have that, but you know what, I won’t be there alone that day. Somebody is going to be with me. His name is Jesus, and he’s promised that he would never leave me or forsake me,” he said.

Asked by reporters later if he thinks only Christians will go to heaven, Huckabee refused to say. He often says that as a minister, he joked that he doesn’t even believe all Baptists are going to heaven.

Let’s be clear on what game Mike is playing here:

He argued that the Constitution forbids a political candidate from being subjected to a religious litmus test.

In South Carolina, Huckabee didn’t ask for votes or discuss the campaign, but senior pastor Michael S. Hamlet encouraged the congregation to vote according to how they try to live their lives, by the principles of Bible scripture.

“I’m going to tell you something, when you go vote, you ought to follow those principles,” Hamlet said.

Outwardly he is sticking to a script of a uniter and a reformer, a conservative with a slight hint of moderate. Outwardly he is saying religion should not move voters in the polls. But beneath every word his forked tongue carves is a world of life, and its no reflection of the words that conceal it. Huckabee is mobilizing Christians to vote for him based upon his willingness to govern this nation as a Christian nation. Mike Huckabee is just fine with a religious litmus test as long as his own results are positive, and Mitt Romney’s come up negative:

However, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has also been asked about his Mormon faith. In fact, Romney got questions about his faith after Huckabee, in The New York Times, asked whether Mormons believe Jesus and the devil were brothers. Huckabee quickly apologized to Romney and said the quotes were taken out of context.

He isn’t fooling anyone. His political positions on creationism, reproductive rights, and gay rights all show that he will cross the line when it comes to Church and State, no matter how feverishly his campaign tries to sedate voter concerns. Which brings us back to his sermon. Am I the only one who wonders what other beliefs will find their way into public policy? If we allow this country to slide into a Dominionist Theocracy, what will become of non Christians? What rights have the damned, and what privileges the saved?

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11 Responses

  1. I think I’m “fortunate” to be able to read Huckabee’s coded messages–like the ones you illustrate–with extra clarity, having been raised evangelical. It’s truly frightening. Fortunately, he’s almost as terrifying to the economic wing of the Republican party as he is to me.

  2. As Teddy Roosevelt & Barry Goldwater warned, bringing religion into politics is dangerous, stupid and wrong. After W/Delay/Lott, I fear we Northern Republicans will be extinct if Huckabee gets the nomination. The last GOPer in NY, please shut out the lights.

  3. Evil Bender,
    I’m sorry for your fortune. I wonder how much of that fear is manufactured on the part of the money Republicans, to help boost him into office….

    Tony Iovino,
    I share your pain. If Huckabee gets the nomination, the GOP will be a very very different party 8 years from now. The religious takeover that pushed many Republicans to register as Independents and Democrats will finally take over the party completely.

  4. Huckabye? Huckabee wants to have adulterers, homosexuals and rape victims stoned to death. He also wants to make alcohol and music videos illegal, and make women 2nd class citizens and to take all girls out of school.

    Oops, my bad, that’s another ‘religion’.

    Hey, anybody but the PIAPS!

    if you’re MAD
    punish your country
    VOTE for Hillary

    http://haltterrorism.com/

    http://absurdthoughtsaboutgod.blogspot.com/
    .

  5. USpace,
    Hillary is not the best, but anyone who considers Huckabee better, and who cites Islamic fundamentalism as rationale for Christian fundamentalism does not have even a tenuous grasp on reality.

  6. Dan it still blows my mind that you would choose Hillary over Ron Paul but hey what do I know.

  7. Anyone who displays the 101st Keyboraders logo proudly is one to talk. When you say you eat your chickens raw, is that code for cannibalism?

  8. Huckleberry is way too conservative on religion and too liberal on criminals and the economy and immigration.

    Christian fundamentalism would be stupid and could NEVER happen in the US even with an asshat like Pat Robertson. But Islamic Fundamentsalism makes Christian Fundamentalism look like a picnic by comparison.

    Hey, anybody but the PIAPS!

    if you’re MAD
    punish your country
    VOTE Dhimmicrat

    http://haltterrorism.com/

    http://absurdthoughtsaboutgod.bl…d.blogspot.com/
    .

  9. USpace,
    We’re already heading down the Christian fundamentalist road, and if the wrong people get in the whitehouse (other avowed fundamentalists like Huckabee and Ron Paul), then yes we could slide in that direction.

    Islamic Fundamentalism isn’t anywhere near a danger of coming to this country, but it is very nasty (as fundamentalism tends to be).

    Why do you keep repeating the “anybody but the PIAPS” nonsense? Your attempts to smear the Democratic party as pro Islamic Fundamentalism are just sad.

  10. Sounds more like one of those anti-communits propaganda films of the 1950s or the anti-dope flicks of th1 20’s and 30s. Hysteria (and hysterics) to go around.

  11. Dan, how are we “already heading down the Christian fundamentalist road”? This sounds like hysterics. Islam is taking over little by little. How about in 200 years? Is that OK with you? Both the GOP and the Dems appease Islamists like CAIR and the Saudis, but the Dhimmicrats are the worse.

    It could never happen, even if Huckabilly really wanted to do it. I don’t think he does, he just wants the votes from those who do. He’s not stupid enough to want it or try to do it, he’s just stupid enough to say it.

    Huckleberry is too conservative on religion and too liberal on criminals and the economy and immigration.

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    elect women presidents

    who cover for their husbands
    who rape other women

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    CHEER for socialism

    encourage the nanny state
    you don’t know what to do

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe says
    demonize profit

    STOP the corporations
    hiring more people is BAD

    http://www.stophernow.com/

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/
    .

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