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Huckabee Campaign Divided on Environment and Evangelicalism

December 31, 2007


This complete story appears at Huffington Post. The only policy issue Mike Huckabee singles out on a page devoted to “Faith and Politics” isn’t abortion or marriage. “My faith doesn’t influence my decisions, it drives them,” writes the GOP presidential hopeful. “For example, when it comes to the environment, I believe in being a good […]

Will the Real Mike Huckabee Please Stand Up?

December 26, 2007


This complete story appears at the Huffington Post. Des Moines — Mike Huckabee began a bold denunciation of gay marriage in Ames, Iowa, Wednesday night, but quickly checked himself with stuttering caveats: “We have to also realize that the strength of our nation really does come down to our families, and that’s why, without apology […]

Huckabee Changes Faith & Politics Webpage

December 22, 2007


Mike Huckabee, and ordained Southern Baptist minister who is now the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, has raised concerns about blurring the separation of church and state. In an apparent response to address these concerns, the Huckabee campaign has added new text to a webpage devoted to “Faith and Politics.” It begins with new […]

Iowa Cuisine

December 22, 2007


“Bacon Pancakes.” That was this morning’s special this morning at Cedar Rapid’s Diner on First. I had to ask if there was a missing combo, but the waitress assured me that they actually put bits of bacon in the batter. I had to quell a certain structural objection (you can’t put a savory ingredient like […]

Building the Choir to Preach to

December 21, 2007


“I even have a choir,” said former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee while marveling at the turnout at a 7:30 AM event at the Best Western Hotel in Marshalltown, Iowa. The crowd of mostly seniors and middle-aged white folks sat on all sides of a small stage. “Looks familiar,” Huckabee said of the layout. “For a […]

The United State’s View of New York

December 19, 2007


Inverting the mindset captured by the iconic New Yorker cover, “A New Yorker’s View of the United States,” Des Moines has christened a newly revitalized neighborhood in the shadow of the state capitol the “East Village.” I’m sitting in a coffee shop in the “Soho” building, which houses a sprinkling of small stores. The form […]

Red Iowaves

December 18, 2007


My rental car knew why I was in Iowa–to talk to evangelical Christians about the environment. When I turned the key in the ignition, the radio turned on to a Christian station, Family Radio (91.3 FM), playing a segment called “Creation Moment,” dedicated to explicating how the natural world “proves” the truth of biblical creation. […]