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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