Robert Novak from the NY Post has a great piece today about "Baptists Split Over Huck," referring to ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Huckabee is an ordained Baptist minister and many relious-minded people, including Judge Paul Pressler, have some issues with Huckabee.
Huckabee's "base" is going to be those who are involved with religion, and since he is a Baptist it is inevitable that those of Baptist faith (among others) are going to need to be supportive of him in order for him to do well on the Campaign Trail. The feeling from at least some mainstream Christians is that faith is thrown around too freely by politicians, many of whom use religion as a punchline rather than as a true statement of belief.
While I do not agree with many, or maybe even any, of Rev. Hackabee's political or policy choices, I do not believe (based on what I have read or seen about him thus far) that he is using religion in the same old way as many of his political brethren. I do feel he is being honest and forthright about his religious beliefs, which he freely admits colors his proposed policies.
Whether or not someone agrees or disagrees with Rev. Huckabees policies, I do not think he should be docked too heavily for at least being honest about how he came up with them.
Click on the headline to go to Mr. Novak's column, which is usually excellent and worth reading.