You might think the following diatribe strange coming from me, considering that Mike Huckabee is my second choice for president of the United States--behind Ron Paul and ahead of Mitt Romney. But read on to find out why it's important.
I have a great deal of respect for Mike Huckabee. Not as much as I once had, but I still respect him--and his religion. I just wish he would respect my--and Mitt Romney's--religion, rather than making it the brunt of a derisive political ploy.
It started sometime around the point when Governor Huckabee, feigning ignorance, asked "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan are brothers?" That's a snide question, particularly coming in the midst of a political campaign.
But it didn't stop there.
He's doing everything he can in Iowa and elsewhere to paint himself as the Christian candidate. I thought political campaigns were about what a person's qualifications are for public office. That he or she is a religious and moral person is certainly a qualification that I value, but we don't need to get into any more detail than that. Okay, can we move on to the next question?
Mike Huckabee says no. Somehow he feels he must remind us like a broken 78-RPM record that he is a Christian and that his closest competitor is a doofus. He said it emphatically with the following commercial:
You may not know it, but, while for Baptists the cross of Jesus Christ is a very important symbol, for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it is not. Rather, Mormons tend to focus on the risen Lord and the greatest event to occur in history, the resurrection of Christ. I respect the fact that Baptists are Christian, but why can't Mike Huckabee and other Baptists give us the same obviously-deserved courtesty? Because of course we're Christians.
Now...how did we get sidetracked on religion in the middle of this political discussion? Oh, that's right...
On that day that Huckabee made the wisecrack about Jesus and Satan, he claimed not to know much about the Mormons. And now, from a Newsmax.com e-mail letter I received today, the rest of the story:
What Newsmax does know is that in June 1998, the Southern Baptist Convention held its annual meeting in Salt Lake City, the backyard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — the Mormons. The annual meeting created a stir between the Baptists and the Mormons.Mitt Romney's father, who ran for high political office over 40 years ago, was never once asked about his religion. As it should be. Huckabee is brazenly fomenting and capitalizing on the skittishness of the American public when it comes to religions other than his own.
The keynote speaker at the gathering was then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
At the annual meeting, the SBC distributed copies of a book entitled “Confronting the Contradictions Between Mormon Beliefs and True Christianity,” ...
The book maintains that while Mormons claim to be Christians, they propagate a non-Christian view of God, a non-Christian view of Jesus, and a non-Christian view of the gospel.
It's as though Huckabee thinks we are members of The Church of Adolf Hitler of Latter-Day Nazis. It's tripe unworthy of any political campaign--and especially a campaign for the highest office in the land. And to me it's getting sickening.
It needs to stop. Or Mitt Romney will replace Mike Huckabee as my second favorite presidential candidate.