Jan. 19, 2008
Just when I thought CNN was starting to treat Evangelicals fairly they let Jack Cafferty out of his cage. On Thursday he went on a tear accusing Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee of wanting to put more God-like stuff in the Constitution. The God-like stuff that he was referring to was amending the constitution to ensure the right to life and to prevent the courts from redefining marriage. Cafferty went on to say that Evangelicals are the reason George Bush was in office for eight years and, therefore, they are responsible for all of Americas troubles. Cafferty then said that Huckabee is trying to bring out those Evangelical voters, to get them to the polls by using the God-like stuff talk. Cafferty didnt even try to cloak his disdain for Christians, leaving me to think he would much rather be reporting on bringing out the lions or staking Christians to the poles instead.
This all started when Mike Huckabee, in a speech last Monday night in Michigan, said he supported a Constitutional amendment ending abortion. [I]ts a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God and thats what we need to do, is to amend the Constitution so its in Gods standards, rather than try to change Gods standards. Huckabee made a similar comment about his support for a marriage amendment several weeks ago, but not being a front-runner at the time little was said about that statement.
I was on both CNN and MSNBC this week responding to Huckabees comments. The overreaction to them can be attributed to one of two things. Some in the media simply dont understand Evangelicals, not to mention history, or they just willfully twist their statements. It all suggests an anti-Christian bias as they try to further the ludicrous notion that Evangelicals want to establish a theocracy in America. .
Mike Huckabee is not the first to say that Gods definition of life and marriage should prevail in our culture. In fact, the Declaration of Independence with its references to the law of Nature and of Natures God makes it pretty clear that the Founders held a very similar view. As for the U.S. Constitution, that secular document Huckabee purportedly wants to defile with God-like stuff, a majority of Americas agree with him that life and marriage are worth protecting and that if it takes amending the constitution, then so be it.
Again let me state for the record that I am not supporting Gov. Huckabees candidacy. I have not endorsed a candidate, but I consider attacks on any Christian candidate because of his or her faith an attack on all of us. I also predict, again, that these attacks by the media and others only serve to help Huckabee as more and more Evangelicals put policy concerns aside to lock arms with a man who is being attacked for publicly standing for the values they hold most dear.