|Beware of Mike Huckabee. He
is basely using our Lord Jesus Christ for political gain even as he
promotes Antichrist and his church. Mike Huckabee is a wolfish
product of the neo-evangelical movement which, quite frankly, is the major
problem in this nation, not the solution. Beyond that, Huckabee's
political philosophy is grossly at odds with the principles upon
which our Republican form of government rests. Politically speaking, Mr.
Huckabee has far more in common with Bill Clinton than with America's
founding fathers. We would be far, far better off with a simple
"God and country" constitutionalist for president who
doesn't claim to be a born-again believer. After carefully watching
and listening to Mike Huckabee with an open mind, about the only good
thing I can say concerning his candidacy for president is at least it
keeps him too busy to pastor a church.
Pastor Ralph Ovadal
Pilgrims Covenant Church
Huckabee Addresses Anti-Catholicism and Abortion
By Deacon Keith Fournier
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Following our first interview with Governor Mike
Huckabee there was an intimation of anti-catholicism by several pundits
and commentators. We asked the Governor directly about this and about
another issue of importance to our Catholic Online readers and viewers.
Presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, left, greets
supporters after speaking at a rally at the Pizza Ranch in Pella, Iowa,
Friday, Dec. 28, 2007.
LOS ANGELES (Catholic Online) - We set forth below the
questions asked by Catholic Online and the candidates responses.
DEACON KEITH FOURNIER: “Governor Huckabee, on December 18, 2007
Catholic Online issued a challenge to all of the candidates running for
the President in 2008, in both major political parties, asking each of
them to answer a series of questions of particular concern to Catholics.
We promised that their response, or lack of response, would be made
known to all of our readers and viewers.
Governor, you were gracious enough to give us an exclusive interview. In
that interview you answered each of our questions, thoroughly,
thoughtfully and forthrightly.
Just days from now, the first real contest of the Presidential Primary
season, the important Iowa caucus, will be underway.
In a Primary schedule that has become compacted by changes in dates,
Iowa results loom quite large. And, the 2008 election contest which was
once considered a “lock”, has become a real “horse race”, voters
are truly paying attention.
Your interview with Catholic Online is one the highest read stories in
However, shortly after its publication, you spoke at a Church in Texas,
on a Sunday morning. Of course, there is nothing unusual about that.
What caught the attention of many of our readers and viewers was a
concern that the Pastor of the Church has written some material that
insults the Catholic Church and has been labeled by some as
Our readers understand that you, like all of the candidates, are running
for the Presidency. In other words, we know that you seek to govern the
whole Nation and, of course, you must reach out to all Americans.
However, there has, unfortunately, been a history of anti-Catholicism in
this Nation that we all love.
Your campaign quickly noted the presence of Catholics in many of the top
positions of your campaign staff.However, the issue and the concern
raised by your visit, has not gone away.
Would you comment upon your visit and on your views concerning Catholics
GOVERNOR HUCKABEE: “I am invited to speak at thousands of
diverse venues each year. My willingness to address a group says nothing
about whether or not I agree with every tenet, policy or belief espoused
by a group.
To be honest, I have never thought about having “a view” about
Catholics in America.
Rather, I have enjoyed strong, personal relationships with many
Catholics over the years and I would hate to think about my life without
those relationships having been there.
For more than a decade, I marched side-by-side with Catholic Bishops in
Arkansas’ annual March for Life.
Throughout my years as Lieutenant Governor and Governor, I enjoyed a
very close relationship with leaders and members of the Catholic Church
My pro-life record is largely the result of this close working
My relationships with Catholics predated my entry into politics. When I
was pastoring a Baptist church in Texarkana, I had the opportunity to
work closely with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word at the
St. Michael Hospital near my church. I was always welcomed warmly by the
sisters when I visited the sick.
As a pastor, I held joint services with my neighboring Catholic
congregation, was invited to speak in Catholic churches for special
services, and had regular breakfast meetings with the Bishop of the
Arkansas Diocese, Bishop Peter Sartain, now in Illinois.
Those early years of ministry showed me the value of working with caring
people whether or not every one of our religious tenets line up exactly.
In short, if I held any animosity toward Catholics, I don't think
Justice Scalia would have ever taken me up on my invitations to go duck
As I mentioned before, many of my top-level staff and closest advisors
are Catholic, including my national campaign manager, national campaign
director, my policy advisor and my campaign’s chief operating officer.
DEACON FOURNIER: Governor, you have expressed your long term
position on what most Catholics consider the fundamental human rights
issue of our age, the dignity of every human life from conception to
natural death, in these words:
“I support and have always supported passage of a constitutional
amendment to protect the right to life. As President, I will fight for
passage of this amendment. My convictions regarding the sanctity of life
have always been clear and consistent, without equivocation or
Does your position in opposition to abortion admit of any exceptions?
GOVERNOR HUCKABEE: “First, let me say I have appreciated that
Catholics led in the pro-life issue and were firm on this even before
Before the Baptists really started taking a strong position on the
sanctity of life, I was a part of an organization called "Southern
Baptists for Life" which was launched to move our denomination to a
more consistent pro-life position.
In regard to exceptions, experience has shown that health of the mother
exceptions are so broad that they result in ‘carte blanche’ abortion
Consequently, I do not support an exception in those terms.
Abortion proponents point to exceptions and worst-case scenarios as a
way to defend abortion on demand.
DEACON FOURNIER: "Thank you for taking the time out of a
busy schedule to speak with us once again. Blessed Christmas to you and
your family and Happy New Year"
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