So Huckabee filed his papers with the FEC this week, and is now officially a candidate for President in 2008. Right now, he looks like a very unlikely candidate. What matters though is what he represents, and the risk that he could somehow gain a role, either as the Republican nominee, or as the VP candidate on the slate. From the 1998 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors Conference in Salt Lake City, he is quoted thusly:
“I didn’t get into politics because I thought government had a better answer,” Huckabee said in explaining his move from the pastorate to politics. “I got into politics because I knew government didn’t have the real answers, that the real answers lie in accepting Jesus Christ into our lives.”
Huckabee told pastors the ultimate solution for a nation slipping into crisis is faith in Christ. “There’s not one thing we can do in those marbled halls and domed capitols that can equal what’s done when Jesus touches the lives of a sinner,” he said.
Ethics Daily has a good piece on him and his views here.
Huckabee opposes gay marriage and abortion, has advocated the death penalty for causing the death of a fetus, believes creationism should be taught in schools, advocates covenant marriage, and has publicly affirmed “that Christian wives must submit to their husband”.
Huckabee represents all that is most dangerous when sincere, well-meaning believers try to legislate morality. Today, he seems to be a minor candidate, and hardly a danger. But things change, and we can ill afford not to keep an eye on him.