Huckabee, a Baptist minister, delivered a sermon on how to be part of "God's Army" to a small evangelical congregation in New Hampshire. Huckabee's campaign did not allow cameras into the church and there was no appeal for votes in the sermon. But a church official invited members to attend a Huckabee rally where free clam chowder was served and they couldsee actor Chuck Norris. Some quotes from the article:
"When you give yourself to Christ, some relationships have to go," he said. "It's no longer your life; you've signed it over."
"When we become believers, it's as if we have signed up to be part of God's Army, to be soldiers for Christ," Huckabee told the enthusiastic audience.
Likening service to God to service in the military, Huckabee said "there is suffering in the conditioning for battle" and "you obey the orders."
There, in just these few words, is the authoritarian mentality that tells believers they've joined an army, "soldiers for Christ," and having given yourself to Christ, it's no longer your life, "you've signed it over," and you should "obey orders."
And don't forget the company Huckabee keeps.
PZ has another Huckabee quote:
"I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution," Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. "But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that's what we need to do -- to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view."
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I'll have to try that quote on some Christians.