He's since had more exposure and more time on the campaign trail. How's he doing now?
That is, still lame if this article is accurate.
According to that article, a Huckabee supporter said this of competitor Sam Brownback, who apostatized to the Roman Catholic religion:
“I know Senator Brownback converted to Roman Catholicism in 2002. Frankly, as a recovering Catholic myself, that is all I need to know about his discernment when compared to the Governor’s.”Honestly, the man has a point. One point. As I've argued before in discussing the candidacy of cultist/candidate Mitt Romney, if someone wants power, his worldview is open for consideration. If he's a member of a kooky cult, or a totalitarian religion, that's worth considering. It isn't everything, but it isn't nothing.
So what should Huckabee have done? What could he have done?
Oh, he could have done all sorts of things, ranging from saying, "I challenge Sam Brownback to a debate on the Biblical Gospel," to saying "These are important questions, and voters have a right to consider them. For my part, I'm no judge of Sam Brownback's soul, and am going to focus on the policies and philosophies he and I would bring to the White House" — or a dozen other things.
He could have done those things. What did he do?
Well first, Huckabee "issued a statement on Wednesday saying that his campaign neither disseminated nor condoned the message." I think that's just fine.
But then he reportedly called Brownback a “Christian brother,” and said, “As believers, we don’t have time to fight each other.”
Now I know what his apologists will say, and after they've said it all, these truths — assuming the accuracy of the report — will still stand:
- Rather than shelving the issue, Huckabee joined it.
- In joining the issue, he issued the ruling and judgment that Roman Catholic Sam Brownback was a "Christian brother."
- In doing that, Huckabee swept aside the Reformation, and blood of Christians martyred by Rome; worse
- In doing that, Huckabee swept aside central and vital issues such as the Gospel and the sufficiency of the Word of God.