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Good God, It’s Mike Huckabee And Nick Clegg

by | 20th, December 2007

“NEW LIB DEM BOSS: I DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD,” says the Mirror.

The new leader of the LibDems is, of course, Mr Nick, and what Nick actually says is: “I am not an active believer but the last thing I would do when talking or thinking about religion is approach it with a closed heart or a closed mind.”

Religion in always a tricky issue for politicians both here and in the US. And we tune into a new TV ad from Republican Mike Huckabee, the former Baptist preacher.

Huckabee tells us that what truly matters this holiday season is not politics but the birth of Christ. “And on behalf of all of us, God bless and Merry Christmas,” says Huckabee.
Behind Huckabee there appears to be a white cross, which he says are just shelves. But is Huckabee sending out a subliminal message, engaging in dog whistle politics?

It was former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, a supporter of Hillary Clinton, who opined: “It’s probably not something that appeals to him, but I like the fact that his name is Barack Hussein Obama, and that his father was a Muslim and that his paternal grandmother is a Muslim. There’s a billion people on the planet that are Muslims, and I think that experience is a big deal.”

Dog whistle politics. Bringing up a “bad” fact and saying it’s good. Innuendo. But does any of it matter? Do voters care what religion their elected leaders hold true?



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