Huckabee’s Christmas Ad

Oh geez…talk about laying the Christianity on thick. You can watch the ad without sound. Basically it says, “I’m Mike Huckabee and I want to be President of Christians in the United States. Fuck the rest of ya!”:

Yeah, check out the cross in the background. Now you know I think it’s a horrible idea for Huckabee to be president. Crap like this is exactly why. Now, Huckabee is quoted as saying the cross is just a bookcase and there’s nothing there. I can not believe that there is a person on this planet that is that dumb. There isn’t a person alive who’s gonna fall for that load. No one running for any office, let alone POTUS has something in their campaign commercials that is just coincidence.

Along with the text of the ad, AP has an analysis of the ad:

ANALYSIS: The ad is unusual for a presidential candidate in that it is a religious message that excludes all religions except for the predominant Christian faith. Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and ordained Southern Baptist minister, is appealing to the Republican Party’s important conservative Christian base, reminding them that he shares their values.

Pfffft…like I said in my previous post, there’s a separation of Church and State in this country for a reason. The Talibangelicals this sort of ad appeals too, don’t get it. They live in a mythological US that was created by SuperChristians. The rest of us who paid attention in school learned that the founders were atheists, deists and yes, some Christians that the British determined were doing it wrong. Let’s put it this way, when the gay-bashing, liberalaphobe president of the Catholic League, Bill Donahue thinks you’ve gone too far, you’ve gone too damn far:

But Catholic League president Bill Donahue said the former Arkansas governor went way beyond wishing people a joyous holiday.

He was especially disturbed by the cross-like image created by a white bookcase in the background of the ad, saying he believed it was a subliminal message.

“What he’s trying to say to the evangelicals in western Iowa (is): I’m the real thing,” Donahue said Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends. “You know what, sell yourself on your issues, not on what your religion is.” (emphasis mine)

Yeah, my head exploded too. Never in a million years would I think that Donahue would say something I agree with 100%.

In the QuadCity Times (IA), there’s an area called First Vote, where your college and high school Iowans who are voting for the first time, post a blog entries. Kevin Trahan makes this case:

Take a look at his website. On his “Issues” pages, his header is “Faith and Politics.” He starts out that article with “My faith is my life. It defines me.”
That is all he stresses (other than the fact that Chuck Norris endorses him). This, for some reason, really bothers me. It is a decent strategy, and many hardcore Christian conservatives will vote for him. I just don’t understand how faith makes him the best candidate.
Now, believe me, I am not putting down any religion. My mom is Jewish and my dad is Christian and I respect both very much. But someone’s faith does not make them a better president.

I like that last line and I really wished more people would actually look up a candidates website. That would save me a lot of stupid conversations where people start talking like they know things, but have never actually looked up anything. Trahan, by looking up Huckabee’s site makes him 94% smarter than most adults I know, when it comes to politics.

But I’m just one person, and reading posting on news sites from around you see the Talibangelicals coming out in full to support Huckabee. Of course, people are talking about Huckabee’s assumption that everyone is the US celebrates Christmas:

The former Baptist minister also shot back at some who said the spot should have been more inclusive, and that he should have wished voters “Happy Holidays.”

“I don’t know what else to call Christmas, last time I checked that is what we celebrate. If somebody can give me a way to get around that and do it honestly, then perhaps that’s what Christmas is,” said Huckabee.

“The very word Christmas comes from the contraction of ‘Christ Mass’ — the worship of Christ – again, change the word if we don’t want to talk about it, but that’s what it symbolizes and represents.”

On CNN’s Political Ticker, several people point out that “last time I checked that is what we celebrate. ” is the problem, stating, no Huckabee it’s what YOU celebrate.

I don’t care if the politicians decide they want to do a Christmas card. I do not think that an ordained preacher running for president should sit there hitting us with his GodBat. But you know what, this is America, there are several holidays in the month of December, how hard would it be to say “Happy Holidays”. Oh, I’m sure the Talibangelicals would be readying their combat boots to fight in the Annual War on Christmas (since it’s apparently the only war they’re willing to fight), but it’s not just the Talibangelicals who vote, Huckabee. Your dog whistle, was more of a foghorn.

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5 thoughts on “Huckabee’s Christmas Ad

  1. A couple of things:

    1. If you look closely, you can see that the “cross” actually is a bookshelf. Are candidates not allowed to have perpendicular lines in their ads anymore?

    2. As I commented in my response to “Why Mike Huckabee Should Never Be President,” separation of church and state is not part of this country. It is not in the Constitution, and it is not implied in any of the documents upon which the country is based.

    3. Huckabee doesn’t assume that “everyone is the US celebrates Christmas.” However, Christmas is a federal holiday, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t wish people a Merry Christmas.

    4. What other major holidays are specifically in the month of December? Furthermore, what federal holidays are in the month of December? To the best of my knowledge, the answer to both questions is: “none.”

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  2. LOL…I’m just now seeing this. Now, I get it. You were being facetious in all those other comments. Thanks. I really needed a good laugh.

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  3. One Small Voice, Christmas wasn’t a holiday until the late 1800’s. It is a recent addition, with work having been held on Christmas up until the Civil War.

    BTW, the “separation” point you make is in the Bill of rights. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” This effectively separates religion from the running of a state, i.e. the creation of a secular state.

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  4. Whether Christmas was a holiday until recently is irrelevant. The fact remains that it is a federal holiday.

    As for my point on the separation of church and state (or lack thereof), please read my original post (cited below):

    “First, the words ‘separation of church and state’ never appear in the Constitution, nor are they ever implied. What the Constitution does say is: ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ That’s an important difference. There’s no reason why our country shouldn’t have a religious leader, provided he doesn’t aim to prohibit the exercise of other religions, or create a national church. Quite frankly, I think it’s ludicrous to accuse Huckabee of desiring either of these things (if you disagree with me, please cite your reasons).

    Furthermore, it is reasonable to desire a Christian president, and yet not desire a Muslim one (or even one with any connection to Islam). Religions are essentially ideologies; preferring a president of a certain religion is not any different than preferring a conservative or liberal candidate.

    Finally, Atwood’s book (while a good read) is not even vaguely reflective of what a Christian theocracy would look like. The Handmaid’s Tale specifically mentions ‘Baptist guerillas’ fighting the government. Furthermore, the religion of the Republic of Gilead downplays the role of Jesus to virtual non-existence, and is clearly portrayed to have suppressed most mainline Christian denominations (indicating it is, at best, a pseudo-Christian regime).
    Consequently to state that Huckabee (by your own admission a staunch Baptist Christian) would want to make a society even vaguely like the Republic of Gilead borders on libel.”

    P.S. The last paragraph of the above citation probably won’t make much sense if you haven’t read faboo mama’s post of Nov. 30.

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