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| February 20, 2008 |
I Don't Heart Huckabee
I have a problem with Mike Huckabee and everyone who supports him. My other half is tired of hearing about it--'tiresome' he called me, 'paranoid' I believe was mentioned once or twice. I think the latter was invoked when I announced on Super Tuesday that I would never live in a state where Huckabee won the primary.
I'm not a Republican, never was, never will be. What I am however, is a non-Christian. When I heard the excerpt from Huckabee's Michigan speech, a chill went down my spine.
"I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."
OK, perhaps there are certain types of Jews who may be a bit touchy about the kind of coded language that aims to exclude and/or diminish us. Perhaps there is something genetically implanted that might make one sensitive to the nuances of anti-Semitism or to the thought of living with the Christian American version of Sharia. So, do I dismiss him and his supporters as the lunatic fringe? Or is some measure of paranoia realistic? We all know where complacency gets us: think of the pre-war urban upper-class Jews who didn't believe that lunatic Nazi party would ever affect them. Or the Japanese-Americans who considered themselves Americans first, Japanese second-- right before they were rounded up for the internment camps. Or, for that matter, Muslims living in this country who are about as likely to be terrorists as your local PTA chapter.
Huckabee and his supporters are the kind of Americans who force me to think as a Jew first and an American a distant second; who invoke a fight-or-flight response. I ask both Christians and other non-Christians out there; does anyone else feel paranoid when an estimated 70 million Americans call themselves evangelicals? and roughly 20% of of Republicans planned to vote for Huckabee according to a USA Today poll? I'm definitely not feeling the love.
Joe Conason's article in Salon analyzes Huckabee's "biblical reformation of every aspect of American society' in a way that chills me further. It also brings to the forefront an aspect of the evangelical movement that I have long found abhorrent, which is the assumption that God speaks only to them, God favors only their causes, and, if you will, God has taken sides. Of course, all faith requires certain immovable conviction. I for example, cannot be convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. However, unlike such religious paradises as Saudi Arabia and Iran, this country's Constitution is pretty straightforward about the separation of church and state. Huckabee's Michigan speech says to me nothing less than he is an extremist of the worst kind--he smiles with affable charm and then tells us he'd basically like to overturn the Constitution. People have ended up on Gitmo for less.
If Huckabee still doesn't freak you out, here's some suggested reading:
Talk to Action
For more on Dominionism ,or Reconstructionism, which many believe to be at the core of Huckabee's platform, see ReligiousTolerance.org
Posted on February 20, 2008 10:32 AM
Seperstion of Church and State implies only that the Government can not pass any law that usurps the church. It does not mean that politicians can not state their religious beliefs. It is a known fact that Huckabee is an ordained minister, but in this statement he refers to God not Jesus, perhaps in an attempt not to alienate non christians.
Just my opinion.
Posted by: Dennis on March 7, 2008 6:33 PM
Huckabee isn't an issue anymore. However, I found him funny and real. No one who has faith can separate it from the rest of their life. It's what guides life for the faithful.
I'd much rather support someone who follows the God of love, justice and salvation than someone who relies only on self.
Just my two cents.
Posted by: Robin on March 13, 2008 9:22 PM
I would like to know if other babby boomers have the same though that I do. When I was comming up my parents told us to do something and we done it and did not ask questons. We had to eat last and let the adults eat first when family come over. And there was no child protection service. We came up with respect.
Posted by: just a though on March 20, 2008 8:15 PM
Now that we are grown and have our own children the children eat first when company come over, tell the children to do something they ask why, and the ones that don't have children only studied a book says to explain to them. They don't have respect, and feel that everyone owe them something.
Tell me what is wrong with that. And is it just me, or is any one feel the same way that I do.
Don't get me wrong there is nothing that I wouldn't do for my children, and at times I have to laugh at.
At time I wonder what is going to happen to us when our children grow old and need help. Will be just be sitting in a wheel chair, on lying on a bed full of bed sores. I see these children that just don't care about no one but their self.
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