The EFM Feature

Steve from North Carolina had this to say to me about an article I linked to in my earlier post:

Notice how Krauthammer attacks Huckabaee, when Huckabee refuses to answer the question of whether he considers Mormonism a cult. Listen to how he describes a sensible, straightforward answer:
“He dodges and dances. “If I’m invited to be the president of a theological school, that’ll be a perfectly appropriate question,” he says, “but to be the president of the United States, I don’t know that that’s going to be the most important issue that I’ll be facing when I’m sworn in.”
Hmmm. So it is an issue, Huckabee avers. But not a very important one. And he’s not going to pronounce upon it. Nice straddle, leaving the question unanswered and still open — the kind of maneuver one comes to expect from slick former governors of Arkansas lusting for the presidency.

Actually, Steve, I think you’re right. My apologies, readers. I was more interested in the idea of how the press would react to the “Christian Leader” commercial (and to his previous assertion that evangelicals should vote for someone who is “one of them“) if he were running against Lieberman.
I think it’s unfair to characterize Gov. Huckabee’s answer on that particular question as disingenuous, and I’m sorry. The unique thing about this blog is that we who are theologically different can come together as political friends. I guess I’ve just been disappointed to Huckabee’s response to Gov. Romney’s faith issue. As an evangelical pastor, it seems he could speak to this issue in a powerful way — but his complaints that he’s being asked more about his faith than Gov. Romney seem petulant and his brief condemnation of those anti-Mormon push calls seemed lacking.
So I guess I’m disappointed, but thankfully there is someone who’s speaking to these issues, as Rush pointed out on yesterday’s show:

Do you realize how long it has been since a political person, a presidential candidate of either party, spoke extensively of the founding of this country and how crucial everybody’s understanding of that is to maintaining American exceptionalism? Mitt Romney took the long view of this country, from its founding to its future, farther than we can see, and he described what it is that binds us together and defines us as Americans. It is crucially important that people understand this.

I admit I felt that same longing as Rush… that someone would please come out and talk about how faith should inform our political decisions and animate our country. I do disagree with Gov. Huckabee’s mentality that we should “stick together” as evangelicals and support one of our own, but his answer to Krauthammer was sufficient and I shouldn’t have intimated otherwise.
Sorry, guys.


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