Huckabees Fishes for Religious Right Voters

Is Mike Huckabee fishing for Religious Right voters with “subliminal” messages in his ads? Although he dismissed the idea that he was in late December, CNN reports today that “for the second time in the past two weeks, presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has aired a commercial in which a Christian symbol appears in the background.” Watch the ad here:

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In the campaign ad, Huckabee is addressing members of the Iowa Christian Alliance, an organization whose symbol is the ichthys which appears on a banner that is shown prominently at the open and close of the 30 second spot. The ICA is an influential social conservative organization in Iowa, and Huckabee can be seen speaking about his opposition to abortion before the group.

The ichthys, which resembles a fish, is well-known in evangelical circles as the symbol used by early Christians to secretly identify one another without attracting persecution.

Huckabee’s campaign “unveiled this ad as well as another on its campaign Web site Monday afternoon,” just hours after Huckabee “decided against airing a negative campaign commercial targeting rival Mitt Romney,” yet showed the ad to journalists in Iowa. Seems to me there’s quite a bit of pandering coming from the Huckabee campaign these days.

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3 Responses to Huckabees Fishes for Religious Right Voters

  1. Darrell Prows says:

    Could we be so lucky? Actually, this primary campaign dramitically shows just how weak the Republican Party has become. How does one of them recover by Nov. from the song and dance routine that the evangelical wing of their party forces all of them to participate in in order to get the nomination. They’ll get bright enough eventually to run a real candidate and just trust that the religious right has nowehere else to go, but I certainly will enjoy watching the suffering before they finally hit that point.

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  3. I am a an ardent Christian but this Huckabee add totally sickens me. It seems that any viable republican candidate must pass a theological litmus test in order to get the support of their crazed evangelic base. They talk about “family values’ but only in the context in which they view the family. Same sex families, single parent families, and mixed race families should ALL have the same rights as their politically correct envisioned family. A woman should have the right to choose to continue or terminate her pregnancy. This right is currently guranteed and those who preach against it are seeking both to undermine the law and restrict basic rights. Gays should have the right to openly serve in the military, without fear of being discharged. The current policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is totally discriminatory. It makes just as much sense as the old, Seperate But Equal” doctrine which was used for decades to suppress the rights of blacks.
    Republicans need to stay out of family decisions and stay out of people’s bedrooms. If they want to be the watchdogs for moral values, they should cencentrate on the moral issues of” hunger, crime, political corruption, illegal wars, and homelessness etc.
    Any President needs to be able of seperating his religious views from his chief responsibility of being the leader of ALL Americans.
    President Carter, although a Baptist minister, always attempted to seperate his privately held beliefs from the duties of the presidency. In his book “Our Endangered Values” he states, “I was careful to seperate my official status as president from the private worship habits of my family. My primary secular duty as president was to honor my oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution od the United States.”
    Thus, any legitimate president needs to defend the rights of ALL regardless if they be: atheists, agnostics, straights, gays, lesbians, etc. Although sworn in on the Bible, Presidents are sworn to protect the Constitution not the King James version.
    A democracy is distinctly different from a theocracy!! Mike Huckabee and his judgemental evangelistic base can’t comprehend this. Buzz