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Huckabee talks religious liberty, 2016 campaign
Baptist Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 | Shawn Hendricks

Posted on 01/16/2014 8:33:21 PM PST by Graybeard58

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Mike Huckabee says he won't be seeking the title of "America's pastor" if he decides to run for president in 2016. Instead, he would seek to be a servant leader who is both "salt and light" in today's culture.

Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who ran for president in 2008, said he won't make any political announcements until after the midterm elections. A busy speaker and the host of "Huckabee," the Fox News channel talk show, he said his concern for the nation's direction could be the deciding factor.

"I just feel like our country is in an extraordinary world of hurt right now," the former pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark., told Baptist Press during a phone interview Jan. 15.

"It seems like we have ... taken the ropes from the boat and just drifted out into the middle of the ocean without any real course to where we're going."

Huckabee is no stranger to taking issue with the state of the country and the Obama administration's policies. And he isn't shy about jumping into the latest pop culture controversy when the mainstream media appears to beat up on conservative values. After Phil Robertson's biblical -- but less-than-graceful -- comments about traditional marriage stirred up a media storm in December, Huckabee posted "I stand with Phil" on his Facebook page in behalf of the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch. Huckabee also publically defended Chick-fil-A in 2012 after Dan Cathy, the company's president, took a stand for traditional marriage. Huckabee quickly declared a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" that drew thousands to the company's restaurants across the country.

The values the United States was founded upon are worth fighting for, Huckabee said, and Christians must let their voices be heard through elections. While some conservative Christians may believe the country has forever lost its moral compass, Huckabee remains optimistic.

"We have to remind ourselves who we are as Americans, that we are a resilient country," he said. "We were not designed -- which I believe it was providential in nature that we came into being -- that we would just have a limited shelf life and disappear from the pages of history."

The American people must be willing to stand up for religious liberty, Huckabee said.

"The government's job is not to say you can't have a nativity scene, you can't sing a Christmas carol, you can't wear colors of red and green at Christmastime," he said. "It's the exact opposite. The government is prohibited from getting involved at all, making any decisions. It's the role of citizens to express themselves if their expression infringed upon someone else."

For instance, people should have the freedom to support the biblical definition of marriage without being ostracized in the court of public opinion, Huckabee said.

"This notion that we've got to shut people down, whether it's Duck Dynasty or Chick-fil-A, and they can't say that because it might offend somebody, well, life is about being offended," he said. "If we say we don't want to hear those voices, then I'm not sure what we've done other than turn the First Amendment on its head."

The military is another battleground for religious freedom, Huckabee said.

"We're having chaplains told, 'Put your Bibles out of sight, don't give one away, don't pray in Jesus' name,'" he said. "That's unconscionable."

Huckabee encouraged evangelical Christians to continue fighting for their values through the ballot box. Some studies show only about half of professing Christians are registered to vote. Of that number, only about half of them cast ballots on Election Day.

"I always remind Christians [that] Jesus said we're the salt of the earth and the light of the world," Huckabee said. "He never said the putrefaction process of culture was the fault of the secularists; it's the fault of the salt that ceases to be salt.

"If there is darkness and confusion and people stumbling around," he added, "it's not the fault of the people who are the spirits of darkness. It's the fault of the people who keep their lights off."

Huckabee, who decided not to run for president in 2012, acknowledged that a presidential campaign would be grueling. If he runs, he said he would work to take a servant leader approach to the campaign trail and to the position if elected.

"We're not a government that is built on the idea that people are elected to be elevated," he said. "They're elected to serve and that to me is a very serious thing. ... It would mean that you understand that your job is not to get what you want but it's to serve the best interest of the public at large -- and it's to do it in total concert with the Constitution."

Ultimately, both sides of Congress will need to work together in order for true progress to happen. Huckabee acknowledged it's a challenge he knew all too well while serving as a Republican governor of Arkansas.

Throughout his political career, conservative Christians have often praised Huckabee for his stances on social issues –- such as abortion and traditional marriage. He also has taken his fair share of criticism for some of his economic decisions as governor, with some accusing him of supporting a tax-and-spend approach to politics. Some of that criticism has come from his party.

During the Jan. 11-12 weekend on his talk show, Huckabee focused on Republicans getting along and putting their differences aside for the good of the party.

Huckabee asked Andy Roth, executive vice president for Club for Growth -- one of the groups critical of some of his policies -- if the organization could ever endorse a candidate who didn't meet at least 90 percent of the organization's requirements.

"The Club for Growth is not an organization that backs all Republicans in all elections just because we want a Republican majority," Roth said. "We want a conservative majority. If we believe that the candidate running in the general election will fight for conservative values, yes, we'll support them over the Democrat. If we don't believe that they will, then we won't."

While the two were unable to see a solution for how both sides can come together, both agreed to meet again to "relitigate" the issues.

"I'll never make everyone happy," Huckabee said later. "No one will.

"I just know from having governed ... that's not realistic," he said. "I mean even ... when I had a piece of legislation that everybody liked, you always had legislators who want to bring their own spin to the kitchen and stir it up a little bit. That's part of the process."


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; badpastor; firstamendment; freedomtosayrino; gopestablishment; huckabee; hypocrite; mikehuckster; rinos

1 posted on 01/16/2014 8:33:21 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

I support recycling except when it involves politicians.


2 posted on 01/16/2014 8:35:21 PM PST by The Iceman Cometh (Proud Teabagging Barbarian Terrorist Hobbit Crazy Cracker Son-of-a-Bitch!)
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To: Graybeard58

Go away, Huckster. The jig was up with you a long time ago.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 8:37:33 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: The Iceman Cometh
I support recycling except when it involves politicians.

I agree. No retreads --least of all, Huckabee.

4 posted on 01/16/2014 8:37:55 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Graybeard58

He’s such an idiot.


5 posted on 01/16/2014 8:39:51 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Graybeard58

No more RINOs


6 posted on 01/16/2014 8:40:45 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: RIghtwardHo

Huckabee already ruined whatever chances he had, he is far too much RINO


7 posted on 01/16/2014 8:46:27 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Graybeard58

Chuck Huck in 2016


8 posted on 01/16/2014 8:52:47 PM PST by Justice
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To: GeronL

No wonder he hates the term “RINO” so much.


9 posted on 01/16/2014 9:07:02 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Graybeard58

I wonder who’s paying him to run this time...


10 posted on 01/16/2014 9:13:09 PM PST by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: Graybeard58

**”I always remind Christians [that] Jesus said we’re the salt of the earth and the light of the world,” Huckabee said. “He never said the putrefaction process of culture was the fault of the secularists; it’s the fault of the salt that ceases to be salt. **

Interesting. Stand up and be heard!


11 posted on 01/16/2014 9:40:51 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Graybeard58

Unelectable....


12 posted on 01/16/2014 10:02:22 PM PST by freebilly (Creepy and the Ass Crackers....)
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To: Graybeard58
***”It seems like we have ... taken the ropes from the boat and just drifted out into the middle of the ocean without any real course to where we're going.”***

Wrong, Huckleberry. The nazi’s have hijacked the boat and are taking us full speed into the abyss. And with a little help from their friends in the GOPe no less.

13 posted on 01/16/2014 10:13:21 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: Graybeard58

Huckster can talk all he wants, as long as he is not running to help the liberals.


14 posted on 01/16/2014 10:29:01 PM PST by Moorings
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To: Graybeard58

Hey Mike ever hear the phrase “snowballs chance in hell”?
Save your money and buy a new bass guitar.


15 posted on 01/16/2014 11:05:14 PM PST by FreedomGuru (Time for torches and pitchforks.)
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To: Graybeard58; All

Club for Growth seems to understand Christian values more than the Baptist minister does...


16 posted on 01/17/2014 2:03:16 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: Graybeard58

“I’ll never make everyone happy,” Huckabee said later. “No one will.”

Yup. But he could make a lot of people happy if he left politics.


17 posted on 01/17/2014 2:29:36 AM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: Graybeard58

Just a socialist who loves power and his own voice.


18 posted on 01/17/2014 4:33:56 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Graybeard58

The Huckster is hosting Mitch McConnell this week. That’s all you need to know.


19 posted on 01/17/2014 4:53:30 AM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: Graybeard58

Huckabee is pro-Lindsey Graham. Not credible for anything.


20 posted on 01/17/2014 6:59:29 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Graybeard58

Please no, just go away already.


21 posted on 01/17/2014 9:31:50 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeminoleCounty

Club for growth reject even talking about conservative social issues. They are only for conservative fiscal issues. That is why, I do not support club for growth.


22 posted on 01/18/2014 9:05:27 PM PST by make no mistake
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