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Murky Waters for Huckabee

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post).

In her reporting about Mike Huckabee for today's "The Front-runners" profile, Liz Clarke found him speaking bluntly about the campaign trail -- and the afterlife:

On a recent Sunday morning in Nashua, N.H., Mike Huckabee was the featured speaker at Grace Fellowship church, entering the sanctuary in dark suit and tie and warning that he wasn't there to make a political statement. "If anybody is here for that," he said with a smile, "I'm going to disappoint you." Then he scanned the sanctuary and noted how refreshing it was, "after swimming in the muddy, murky waters" of the campaign trail, to be in "the clear, clean waters of worship."

He told a favorite story of an Arkansas woman who once asked if he was "one of those narrow-minded Baptists who thinks that only Baptists are going to heaven."

"No, lady," he replied, recounting the tale. "I'm a lot more narrow minded than that. I don't even think all the Baptists are going to make it!"

Asked if the anecdote didn't suggest an exclusionary view of heaven, Huckabee insisted in an interview afterward that it was intended to poke fun at the arrogance of those who believe church membership alone guarantees salvation. "Evangelicals believe Jesus is the way; that's what the Bible teaches us, and we obviously embrace that," Huckabee says. "But you don't try to play God. You live your faith in a way that hopefully is attractive to others. One's spirit is probably as important, if not more so, than simply the right words coming out of a person's mouth."

--Liz Clarke

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 15, 2007; 1:40 PM ET
Categories:  A_Blog , Mike Huckabee  
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Folks you can try to smear the character of a Good man but it will not stick. Mike Huckabee is rising in the polls because of people like you. The american people can see through your negative tactics. It makes us wonder who is behind you and your comments. I fortunately did not rely on comments like yours to get my information I did research. I hope if you are regular person you will do the same. One place to find alot of info is Be blessed.

Posted by: branam1 | December 16, 2007 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Loved the comment from the man who went over the seminary training of Huckabee and his missed classes. Funny and True.
Nothing on earth beats the anger and evil that has been expressed by Super-Religious folks throughout time. The Calvinists, the Inquisition Priests, the Crusaders going to War, the suicide bombers as they killed themselves for Allah. What is one of these religionistas doing running for President?

Posted by: zaney | December 15, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Huckabee never finished the seminary, so I can KINDA believe him when he said he didn't know about Romney's religion. Of course, comparative religion is a sort of low level class, but give him the credit for not being studious and drop it. He DOES believe in creationism, so at least he was awake PART of the time. I wonder how he does on other religious stuff. I know he got his Baptist girl friend Diane O'Connell a government job even though she had no experience. Cost Arkansas 1.6 million, so I guess he fails at not lying. Let's see, he stole $60,000 out of the taxpayer fund so I guess he missed that class about not stealing. He tried to pay himself as a consultant in his own Senatorial election, so he missed that class on not cheating too. He opened a wedding registry at Target and Dillard's while he was governor so his grateful subjects could buy him presents when he and his wife renewed their vows. Hm - guess he missed that class about not coveting his neighbor's possessions too. Wait - maybe there's a simpler explanation. Maybe the Huckster thinks YOU'RE stupid. After all, he DOES support the FairTax, which doesn't tax corporations AT ALL, and millionaires and up at the same rate as someone who is near poverty level - i.e. less than 5%. Here's the thing - religious people really ARE religious. Who among them wants any truck with THIS devil?

Posted by: lnardozi | December 15, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Anyone interested in a funny (but it really happened) column about what Huckabee is really like face-to-face should try:

Posted by: lanefiller | December 15, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The Huckster is, well, a huckster. Much of what he says and does is false. He is getting all of his support from Evangelicals, who, because most of them have a herd mentality (sheep I suppose), will stick with him come H--l or high water, so to speak. In contrast, Ron Paul speaks the truth. He's not perfect, but his message is the Constitution, which means freedom and liberty. Evangelicals take note: Dr Paul is pro-life, has been married to his wife for 50 years, and his older brother is a Christian pastor.

Posted by: washpost3 | December 15, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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