From Gary Randall and the Faith and Freedom Network and Foundation.
“Mike Huckabee said he simply wanted to wish everyone a “Merry Christmas” rather than a more generic “Happy Holidays.”
His most recent TV ad is getting attention way beyond Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina where it started playing a few days ago.
The response is pretty amazing.
He has been accused of fascism, the “floating cross” conspiracy, and Barry Lynn has said he is bundling Huckabee and Jesus as a product.
What a difference a couple of hundred years and the advancement of a secular agenda can make.
Newspapers across the country are running with the story and everyone seems to have a take on what is going on with this new ad.
As usual everyone sees the ad from their personal point of view.
If you are Ron Paul (also a GOP candidate), you are alarmed–maybe terrified. He told Fox News (quoting Sinclair Lewis), “When fascism comes to this country, it will be wrapped in a flag, carrying a cross.”
If you are Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, you will say, “Jesus and Mike Huckabee are both products being sold by this commercial.”
If you are most newspapers or major TV news organizations, you will try to marginalize Huckabee as well, maybe too religious or out of the mainstream, or a little extreme as Meredith Vieira did on the Today Show (Dec. 18) by emphasizing the negative, that some are saying that the ad is sending an overt religious appeal to voters.
And all the time we have thought that TV ads were supposed to send messages. At least that’s what NBC’s sales team is telling customers.
If this is a couple of hundred years ago and you are John Jay, America’s first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, you would say, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers”.
Think of the press that would get today.
If you are Mike Huckabee, you would say, “If we are so politically correct in this country that a person can’t say, ‘Enough of the nonsense with the political attack ads, could we pause for a few days and say Merry Christmas to each other,’ then we’re really, really in trouble as a country.”
And we might say, “Mr. Huckabee, sir, we really, really are in trouble. Those with the most influence, education and media, are trying with all their heart to lead America away from her spiritual roots and heritage.”
If you are an atheist or secularist, you may say, “This discussion is helpful.”
If you are a person of faith, you may say, “This discussion is very, very helpful.”
If you are Faith and Freedom Network and Foundation you would say, “God bless you as you prayerfully consider who could best lead this country.”