First, The New York Times published an article about Hillary Clinton’s religion. Those who hate the woman are thinking this was a short article. But it was reasonably lengthy. Mrs. Clinton has always been a fairly strict Methodist, not to mention a strident moralist, truth be known.
The reporter went to Huckabee, a pulpit artisan in a conservative religious group called Southern Baptist that is known in its central leadership, though not in all its autonomous congregations, for intolerance. The reporter asked Huckabee about Mrs. Clinton’s faith. The query must have been based on Huckabee’s being a minister and having known Mrs. Clinton in Arkansas.
Huckabee did not preach. He did not preen. He did not lord it over.
Here’s how he responded: “I think she has genuine faith. I go to a church that’s very expressive. It does not mean my faith is more genuine that someone who maybe worships in a much more liturgical manner, in a quiet way.”
Readers might find this passage from that article to be of note:
In a brief quiz about her theological views, Mrs. Clinton said she believed in the resurrection of Jesus, though she described herself as less sure of the doctrine that being a Christian is the only way to salvation. As for how literally to interpret the Bible, she takes a characteristically centrist view.
“The whole Bible gives you a glimpse of God and God’s desire for a personal relationship, but we can’t possibly understand every way God is communicating with us,” she said. “I’ve always felt that people who try to shoehorn in their cultural and social understandings of the time into the Bible might be actually missing the larger point.”
Only the New York Times could call Senator Clinton “characteristically centrist” with a straight face. Anyway…
The column also mentioned this from a speech Governor Huckabee made to the National Education Association, where he was apparently the only Republican candidate–and, in fact, likely the only Republican, period:
Huckabee said: “If indeed an uneducated population is a form of terror we cannot possibly tolerate, then today I would like to propose that we would unleash weapons of mass instruction.”
Oh dear. I suspect Governor Huckabee would be a good pastor. But as we’ve noted, we’re electing a president here, not a pastor–and it’s not clear to me that in these dangerous times we need one with that particular viewpoint.