Huckabee Surrogates Try to Steer Pulpit Messages

huckabee3.jpgToday’s Washington Post story about Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney attending services yesterday in their respective churches includes this key line about Huckabee’s preacher strategy:

On Friday, three national religious leaders backing Huckabee — Tim LaHaye, Michael Farris and Rick Scarborough — convened a conference call with Iowa pastors to urge them to use Sunday’s services to drive up participation by Christian voters, who polls suggest favor the former Arkansas governor by comfortable margins.


God-o-Meter realizes this strategy is straight out of the 2004 Bush campaign’s playbook, but it is still struck by the brazenness of a presidential campaign openly coordinating directly with preachers. Though the Huckabee campaign will surely claim that it’s just trying to increase evangelical turnout–as opposed to urging pastors to promote Huck from the pulpit–God-o-Meter wonders if the IRS will wind up investigating such campaign-preacher strategizing as a violation of its rules against certain kinds of church politicking. Of course, God-o-Meter realizes that such an investigation would come far too late to matter in this election cycle.


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posted December 31, 2007 at 4:17 pm

Farris is the director of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). In an unprecedented move the HSDLA-PAC endorsed Mike Huckabee very early. I have just published on my blog a statement from the director of the HSDLA-PAC at that time, Ned Ryun. Mr. Ryun said that he was not even informed of the decision to endorse Huckabee until after the fact. This has many homeschoolers troubled and questioning the motivation for the endorsement. The blog series that I have written on this subject and Huck’s education policy is creating quite a bit of stir in the homeshcooling sub-culture and despite what the media says, many homeschoolers are moving away from Huckabee.
Especially concerning is the fact that Huckabee allowed the United Nations a foothold into Arkansas schools to teach “global citizenship” above the idea of independent nation states.
You can read more about it all at my blog,

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posted January 6, 2008 at 10:50 am

I am not a Republican but although I think Huckabee will probably not win…and it is probably to bad, because I deeply believe he is the one who could do good for our world no matter what the final predicted outcome of God’s rath in the future brings. The Bible and Revelation pretty much states that the choices the world makes in government leaders, etc. will be it’s downfall. Our choices really in the long run will not prolong the eventural Completion of the 777.

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