Meet Mike Huckabee

December 16, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More

The NYT has written a long piece of Mike Huckabee. Who is he? 

Huckabee is an admirer of the late Jerry Falwell (whose son, Jerry Jr., recently endorsed his candidacy) and subscribes wholeheartedly to the principles of the Moral Majority. He also affirms the Baptist Faith and Message statement: ‘‘The Holy Bible . . . has truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.’’

Huckabee says he believes that the next president of the United States will have to lead Western civilization in a worldwide conflict with radical Islam.

He spent a year at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Tex., before dropping out to work for the televangelist James Robison, who bought him his first decent wardrobe and showed him how to use television.

As indicated by Alternet, the fact that Huckabee dropped out of the seminary doesn’t keep him from claiming that he has a theology degree:

About a month ago, Republican presidential candidates were trying to position themselves as the best suited to combat global terrorism. Giuliani pointed to 9/11, McCain pointed to his military service several decades ago, and Mike Huckabee pointed to his ministerial training.

“I think I’m stronger than most people because I truly understand the nature of the war that we are in with Islamo fascism,” Huckabee told the Christian Broadcasting Network. “These are people that want to kill us. It’s a theocratic war. And I don’t know if anybody fully understands that. I’m the only guy on that stage with a theology degree. I think I understand it really well.”

Now, on its face, it’s a pretty unpersuasive pitch. After all, how much could Huckabee have learned at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the 1970s about 21st-century fundamentalist Islam? Probably not much.

But as it turns out,the theology-degree claim may be more than unconvincing; it may also be false.

Alternet published this email that Joe Carter, Huckabee’s research director, recently sent to Jim Geraghty of the National Review

Jim, Governor Huckabee doesn’t have a theology degree. He only spent a year in seminary.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. the chaplain says:

    I think Huckabee is as big a snake as all of the other Republican candidates. I don't care how folksy charming he is, beneath that smooth exterior lies a political operator. He's dangerous because he's a true believer and a shrewd politician who is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants. It doesn't matter whether he wants souls for Jesus or political power, he'll use his religion and any other tools he can exploit to reach his goals. I said it before and I'll say it again, he's a snake. And there are plenty of good reasons why snake-handling is illegal.

  2. Tim Hogan says:

    OK, so why isn't Huckabee's Big Lie all over the supposedly "liberal" media?

    It appears the religious right and the corporatists of the GOP may have gotten together and invented their candidate for '08 and called him "Mike Huckabee."

    Be afraid, very afraid!

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    Tim: I don't think that Huckabee is supported by the corporados. I think that Huckabee is a true-believer evangelical candidate that big money won't be able to control. See this post from Arianna Huffington.

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