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Huckabee Back At The Pulpit

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And that’s not a good thing for his campaign.

From Washington Post:

WINDHAM, N.H., Jan. 6 — A pastor from Texas was scheduled to deliver the sermon Sunday at a church here called the Crossing.

But instead this small evangelical congregation heard from a different special guest: Baptist minister and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who delivered a sermon of more than 20 minutes on how to be part of “God’s Army” in the middle school cafeteria where the congregation meets.

“When we become believers, it’s as if we have signed up to be part of God’s Army, to be soldiers for Christ,” Huckabee told the enthusiastic audience. […]

“When you give yourself to Christ, some relationships have to go,” he said. “It’s no longer your life; you’ve signed it over.”

Likening service to God to service in the military, Huckabee said “there is suffering in the conditioning for battle” and “you obey the orders.”

As he keeps talking so stridently about God, voters are becoming increasingly wary of him as a viable candidate. Sure, he’s folksy, etc, but given our stature in the world because of our current President’s faith and its mix with our foreign policy, how does Huckabee think a message like this is playing to swing voters? Did he really have to use the words Army and soldiers?

My two cents…he’s becoming less and less electable by the day. And stories like this are a gift for Romney and McCain.

  • Elisabetta

    Do you feel the same way when democrats use God to pander for votes?

  • http://itsthe21stcenturystupid.wordpress.com Jim S

    There’s nothing more blatant than God’s Own Party when it comes to religion and politics intermingling no matter what some apologists try to claim.

  • http://www.donklephant.com Justin Gardner

    If Dems talked like this? Yeah, definitely. Stating you believe in god is one thing. Saying that you’re part of God’s “army” is entirely different.

    Also, if you understand the point of the post, I’m saying that this is not a good move for Huckabee politically and it’s helping his opponents. I don’t see why you would ask me about Democrats, but I answered it nonetheless.

  • David

    She asked about democrats because it’s her only trick. Think about it, she is trying to defend the party that has done everything in it’s power to destroy America. She has no idea why she supports them, she’s just been told to and can’t form a thought of her own so she obeys.

  • Nick

    I do that that Huckabee becomes more unlikeable by the day – but my question is how long will it take, like before super tuesday? I mean for one thing he didn’t even make on to some of the big candidate rating sites like fittobepres.com until just now. I don’t think its a question of if he’ll fall now, more of a question of when.

  • Dave L

    I am puzzled as to why you think the military metaphor, in a religious context, is such a problem for Huckabee. From “Battle Hymn of the Republic” to “Onward Christian Soldiers”, this kind of imagery has permeated many of America’s most beloved traditional hymns. And would you not agree that the Salvation Army is one of the most highly regarded faith based charities in the nation? Add to that the fact that, in sharp contrast to the Vietnam era, we are now living in a time where the image of the soldier is exalted in pop culture, almost at times to the point of deification. No, I don’t agree that framing his religioous beliefs in military language is going to hurt Mike Huckabee. On the contrary, I think it will help him big time. And he is plenty smart enough to realize this. [Can you say “Chuck Norris”?]

  • Elisabetta

    Justin, I asked because I wanted to know. Nothing more, nothing less. That’s what feedback is for. Didn’t realize you’d take it as an offense.

    With regard to David, as I wrote in another thread, he is unable to share a lucid thought on the issues, so he comments on me, and does a lousy job at that.

  • http://www.donklephant.com Justin Gardner

    Elisabetta, I didn’t take offense. I wondered why you asked me about Democrats when the post was about Huckabee’s chances within the Republican party. There’s a disconnect there, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.

    David, seriously, give it a rest.

    Dave, I stated why I thought Huckabee’s military metaphor was a problem. There are a lot of traditional conservative Republicans who don’t like his overtly religious tone, and I can only imagine that him framing it in militaristic language only exacerbates their dislike. Think about the times we’re living in. Talking about Christianity being an Army is not the wisest move for a candidate to make because it could hinder progress in the WoT. I understand your points, but just because these things exist in pop culture doesn’t mean it’s smart for Huckabee to speak them as a nominee.