Tempest in a Teapot

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Pastor John HageeI can’t believe that Reuters tried to make a story out of this. Mike Huckabee spoke at pastor John Hagee’s Cornerstone “mega church” in San Antonio, Texas yesterday and, so the narrative goes, is going to alienate sensitive Catholic voters.

Rising Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee risked his standing with Catholic voters on Sunday by courting his evangelical base at the church of a controversial preacher accused of disparaging Catholics.

Slow news day, I guess. Billy Valentine over at Race 4 2008, probably feeling sour grapes over the Brownback vs Huckabee slapfight several months ago and Brownback’s subsequent dropping out of the race, lets his inner concern troll run free:

[Which Candidate…] spoke at a mega-church today of a pastor who has accused Catholics of plotting with Hitler to kill Jews, and claims that the Pope is the anti-Christ?

You guessed it. Mike Huckabee.

Wow, guilt by association much, Billy? The quote he references, alleging anti-Catholic bigotry attributed to Pastor Hagee (and not, I repeat, not Mike Huckabee) in his overnight hatchet job, refers to the “Roman Catholic Church,” not “Catholics.” Nice try though.

BeliefnetRod Dreher pretty much sums up my thoughts on the matter, so over to you, Rod. Set ’em straight.

Reuters is framing Huck’s visit to John Hagee’s megachurch today as potentially offending Catholics, given Hagee’s fundamentalist, anti-Catholic theology. This is stupid — I mean, if Huck, or any candidate, appeared before an orthodox Catholic Church, he would be speaking to a group of people who believe that Protestantism is badly defective (and if he spoke to Latin mass traditionalists, the view of Protestantism is even more critical). If a candidate spoke at a Mormon church, he’d be talking to people who believe Christians belong to apostate churches. If he spoke to Muslims — I mean, come on!

Very few religious groups, aside from liberal ecumenists who believe that all religions are pretty much the same, are inoffensive to somebody. This is a big, diverse, pluralistic country. […]

As long as they’re not devil-worshipers, radical Muslims or white-supremacist Christian Identity churchmen, I don’t much care if a presidential candidate of either party accepts their invitation to speak. It’s what the candidate says to them that I care about.

And here’s some food for thought. Chew on this:

Anyway, any conservatives who whack Huck for consorting with anti-Catholics had better check to see if they criticized George W. Bush for speaking at Bob Jones U., or if they criticized Mitt Romney for taking Bob Jones III’s endorsement. If not, they should lay off Huck.

That settles that. Like the saying goes, “If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither on your side, pound the table.”

Anybody trying to use this against Mike Huckabee is clearly pounding on the table.

== Sam Brown ==

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One Response to “Tempest in a Teapot”

  1. quickbeamoffangorn Says:

    agreed and the point well made.

    I was for Duncan Hunter, the Paul, then Huckabee.

    I guess the tick is from me to select who I don’t want so they end up in single digits.

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