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I’ve noticed that a few folks have taken issue with my claim that Governor Huckabee is running an “overtly sectarian campaign.” They should listen to these words from Governor Huckabee himself:


In point of fact, there is some unfairness in that YouTube. First, whoever made it uses a picture of Governor Huckabee before he lost weight, which is stupid. Second, I think the blue-screen stuff is silly; his words speak for themselves.

So listen to the words. What they say is this: Evangelicals should vote for me because I’m one of them, because I’m a member of the right group. That is bad logic — according to it, we should have supported evangelical Jimmy Carter over non-churchgoing divorcee Ronald Reagan in 1980. But even more importantly, it is destructive logic, because it invites our country to divide along religious lines.

Based on these words — and I’ve heard him say similar ones elsewhere — this man is willing to discard the core American principle of E Pluribus Unum purely because it doesn’t serve his political interests. That is just not acceptable, and it’s not behavior that conservative evangelicals should reward with their votes.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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