Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Huckabee Back In The Evangelical Pulpit

In New Hampshire, Mike Huckabee, the self proclaimed "Christian Leader," finds himself in a state without an extensive religious base.

To make up for the lack of evangelicals that swept him to victory in Iowa, Huckabee gave the sermon at a church called the Crossing:

"When we become believers, it's as if we have signed up to be part of God's Army, to be soldiers for Christ," Huckabee told the enthusiastic audience.

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Likening service to God to service in the military, Huckabee said "there is suffering in the conditioning for battle" and "you obey the orders."
According to the Washington Post, campaigning in New Hampshire, Huckabee has generally focused on appealing to nonreligious voters, emphasizing his support of small government, local control of schools and gun rights. In New Hampshire, Huckabee has not run the popular Iowa ad that dubbed him a "Christian leader."

In the end Huckabee's tendency to wear his religion on his sleeve will also come back to haunt him because it will scare the living daylights out of a lot of moderates.

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