Christians—Beware Of Mike Huckabee!


With Christian
conservatives trying to scramble to find a Republican
presidential candidate they can support, some of them
seem to be coalescing around former Arkansas governor,
Mike Huckabee.

Janet Folger
, especially, seems to be trumpeting his
candidacy.

But is Mike Huckabee
someone Christian conservatives should be supporting?
Not everyone thinks so.

Randy Minton, chairman
of the Arkansas chapter of Phyllis Schlafly`s national

Eagle Forum
, said, "We called him a pro-life,
pro-gun liberal, when I was in the state legislature and
he was governor."

Phyllis Schlafly herself
was even more direct. The President and Founder of Eagle
Forum said this about Governor Huckabee: "He
destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas, and
left the Republican Party a shambles."

She went on to say,
"Yet some of the same evangelicals who sold us on

George W. Bush
as a `compassionate conservative` are
now trying to sell us on Mike Huckabee."

Even one of Huckabee`s
strongest supporters within the Religious Right, Pastor
Rick Scarborough, head of

Vision America
, admitted, "Mike has always sought
the validation of elites."
Of course, my question
for Rick Scarborough is, With an indictment such as
that, how can you continue to support Mike Huckabee?

According to an opinion
piece written by John Fund in the Wall Street
Journal,
"Paul Pressler, a former Texas judge who
led the conservative Southern Baptist revolt, told me,
`I know of no conservative he
[Huckabee]
appointed while he headed the Arkansas Baptist
Convention.`"[
Another
Man From Hope
, October 26, 2007]

Fund went on to say that
"Mr. Huckabee`s reluctance to surround himself with
conservatives was evident as governor, when he kept many
agency heads appointed by

Bill Clinton."

Fund also said this
about Huckabee: "`He`s just like Bill Clinton in that
he practices management by news cycle,` a former top
Huckabee aide told me. `As with Clinton there was no
long-term planning, just putting out fires on a daily
basis. One thing I`ll guarantee is that won`t lead to
competent conservative governance.`"

Mike Huckabee is also

terrible on immigration
. According to

Jim Boulet
, Jr., executive director of

English First
:


"Rudy
Giuliani
spent years

defending the right of New York City
to remain a
sanctuary for illegal aliens. Yet

Giuliani
was a veritable Lou Dobbs Jr. on illegal
immigration in comparison to Mike Huckabee."
[Huckabee
stirs up third-party fear
,
Washington Times, By
Ralph Z. Hallow, October 29, 2007]

Regarding Huckabee`s
stance on immigration, Mr. Minton said, "Until

of late, he has been an open-borders guy on immigration
—amnesty,
the whole works. As governor, he wanted to give free
college scholarships to all illegals."

Minton`s assertion is
backed up by Daniel Larison at The American
Conservative
. He said, "Like his fellow
presidential candidate [
who recently dropped out of
the race], Sen. Sam Brownback, Huckabee regards it as
his Christian duty to help

subvert and liberalize U.S. immigration laws.

Together, they embrace the notion that
fidelity to the Gospel
requires privileging the
interests of non-citizens over those of fellow
citizens."



Ann Coulter
agrees:

 "On illegal
immigration, Huckabee makes George Bush sound like Rep.

Tom Tancredo
(R-CO). Huckabee has

compared
illegal aliens to slaves brought here in
chains from Africa, saying, `I think, frankly, the Lord
is giving us a

second chance
to do better than we did before.`


"Toward that end, when
an Arkansas legislator introduced a bill that would
prevent illegal aliens from voting and receiving state
benefits,

Huckabee denounced the bill
, saying it would rile up
`those who are racist and bigots.`


"He also made the insane
point that companies such as Toyota would not invest in
Arkansas if the state didn`t allow non-citizens to vote,
because it would `send the message that, essentially,
"If you don`t look like us, talk like us and speak like
us, we don`t want you."`


"Like all the (other)
Democratic candidates for President, he supports a
federal law to ban smoking—unless you`re an illegal
alien smoking at a Toyota plant."
[Fred
Sawyer and Huckabee Finn,

By Ann Coulter, October 10, 2007]

A former state lawmaker,
Minton also said, that Huckabee was not a "fiscally
conservative Republican."
Rather, Huckabee was
regarded as just another liberal "tax and spender"
in fiscal matters.

This is in direct
opposition to Huckabee`s boast of "90 tax cuts during
his tenure."
And the facts seem to validate Minton,
not Huckabee.

An Arkansas Department
of Finance and Administration report showed a

"net tax increase of $505 million, a figure adjusted for
inflation and economic growth
"
on Huckabee`s
watch.

That Huckabee is a
liberal "tax and spender" is also affirmed by Tom
Roeser. According to Roeser, "[Huckabee] hiked state
spending 65.3%, from 1996 to 2004. He supported five tax
increases, leading the `Club for Growth` to call him a
liberal in disguise . . ."

Roeser also points out
that "The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank
with heavy ties to the national GOP, gives him an F
grade for spending and taxes in 2006 and an overall
grade of D in his governorship. During his tenure, the
number of state employees increased over 20% and
Arkansas` general obligation debt rose by almost $1
billion." (
The Wanderer, September
6, 2007).

Furthermore, according
to the Washington Times, "Until recently, he
[Huckabee] had refused to sign the famous no-tax
pledge offered to candidates by Grover Norquist,
president of Americans for Tax Reform."

In spite of Huckabee`s
proven big-government, big-spending, and pro-amnesty
record, however, some Christian conservatives are
falling for his conservative rhetoric. It seems that all
a Republican candidate has to do is start talking
"pro-life"
and "pro-marriage" and he or she
will gain the support of certain Christian
conservatives.

First it was

Bob Jones, III
endorsing the liberal former governor
of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, and now it is Janet
Folger

endorsing the liberal former governor of Arkansas, Mike
Huckabee.

Why any Christian leader
would want to support a man with such a dubious record
truly escapes me.

Christians need to
beware of Mike Huckabee. He is not a conservative. Even
worse, he is not a constitutionalist. He is an
opportunist, however. This is demonstrated by the fact
that many of his supporters are openly posturing (with
Huckabee`s consent, obviously) for an opportunity to run
Huckabee as a potential Vice Presidential candidate with
either Giuliani or Romney at the top of the ticket.

Let me ask the reader
something. How could a principled

pro-life,
pro-Second
Amendment
, pro-Constitution conservative be willing
to run on a ticket with a liberal presidential candidate
such as Rudy Giuliani or Mitt Romney?

That`s right, he
couldn`t.

I say again, beware of
Mike Huckabee!

P.S. I would like to
invite everyone who lives within driving distance of
Pensacola, Florida to come hear the former Chief Justice
of the Alabama Supreme Court, Judge Roy Moore, "The
Ten Commandments Judge,"
this Sunday, November 4,
2007 at Crossroad Baptist Church. The service begins at
10am CST. In my opinion, Judge Roy Moore is one of
America`s greatest Christian statesmen. He will be
speaking live and in person to the people of Crossroad
Baptist Church this Sunday, November 4. The church is
located at 6800 Mobile Highway (US Highway 90), 1/2 mile
past the Fairgrounds in Northwest Pensacola.

As a point of reference,
Pensacola is located in the western-most tip of the
State of Florida, about 50 miles East of Mobile,
Alabama. Pensacola is approximately a 5 hour drive from
Atlanta; a 6 1/2 hour drive from Orlando; a 3 hour drive
from New Orleans; and a 7 hour drive from Nashville.

Dr. Chuck Baldwin is the
pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola,
Florida. He hosts a


weekly radio show
. His
website is


here
.