Huckabee steers clear of Baptist politics

Turned down chance to speak at Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant
Negotiating the dicey waters of presidential diplomacy would be easier than resolving differences among Baptist groups, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said in a campaign appearance. This is the same Mike Huckabee who last May accepted—then rejected—an invitation to speak at a historic pan-Baptist gathering at the end of this month.

“Being president—that’ll be a heck of a lot easier job than getting all the Baptists to agree on everything,” Huckabee, a Baptist minister, said at a December 6 political event in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The former Arkansas governor said that while he’s open to discussing the basic tenets of his faith, he won’t voice his views on the highly public controversies in his own Southern Baptist Convention. Those issues are not relevant to the presidency, he said, adding that he doesn’t believe there is an absolute Baptist theology.


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